Chanukah Lights was written as a piece for treble voices (with optional piano) for the chorus of the PEARLS Elementary School in Yonkers, NY, and was first performed by them there in December 2005. A simple melody floats over harmonies set up by the other voices, as the choir sings of the warmth of being together for the Chanukah holiday. The refrain takes the word “light” and builds a gentle rocking figure in 5/4 meter. In 2019, I arranged the piece for mixed choir a cappella (divided SSAATTB), given its premiere by Chicago A Cappella in December 2022.
Text, by Gerald Cohen:
The candles are gently glowing,
spreading peace, spreading light.
Our family gathers together,
sharing joy this Chanukah night.
bring joy each night!