daily kaddish: bismilleh duet


A duet for horn and Mira’s “bismilleh” version of the Kaddish text. I tried to conceive of this one as a true duet, with voice and horn taking equal parts in an harmonic exchange. As I described it to her:

Mira, your kaddish is ready.

It must be about time for you to record me a new Kaddish, because I’m getting so comfortable with the pacing of this one, I actually found that I could play along with you rhythmically in the stretches where we’re together—all except the final segment, where I did a post-edit to delay you so that your ועמרו אמן would come on my final note.

Reb Deb sent this comment:

Erin — you got the placement of the reading just about perfect. I
just listened, and it’s the first time I’ve listened to Mira’s
Bismilleh recording all the way through — Mira, I love what you did
at the end!!!! (Mi Chamocha and “leaving slavery in Egypt” have had
an entirely new meaning the past month). This isn’t a thought-out
response, just “Wow, you really placed those words where it
feels/sounds like they belong!” Nice work.


About erin

Erin Vang, PMP, BMus, MMus, is Owner and Principal Pragmatist of the consultancy Global Pragmatica LLC®, offering custom JMP scripting, localization program management, and facilitative leadership services. She is also an orchestral horn player who freelances in the San Francisco Bay Area and plays assorted brass for the celebrated dance bands Midnight Smørgåsbord and contraPtion. More about Erin…
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