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Oseh Shalom was commissioned by Temple Sholom, Greenwich, CT for Cantor Asa
Fradkin and Sasson: The Temple Shalom Teen Choir, in celebration of its centennial. I
had never written a choral setting of this very familiar text, and delighted in having the
opportunity for Cantor Fradkin, this dedicated teen choir, and this occasion. In this
setting, I chose to expand upon the traditional Hebrew text, making it both more
personal and more universal: where the original text asks for peace “for us and for all
Yisrael,” the text here speaks of peace “within myself, for us and for all Yisrael, and all
who dwell on earth, and all of the world/universe.” The simple, but wide-ranging
melody is first heard in Hebrew in the solo voice, then in the full choir, before the choir
begins a contrasting section, with the text in English. Finally, the original melody
returns, bringing us to a peaceful conclusion. The premiere of the piece was at Temple
Sholom in May, 2016.