This volume includes multiple renditions of every prayer, thus illustrating the broad diversity within traditional intonation of each prayer mode. In accordance with the traditional role assigned to the prayer leader of each service, renditions are presented at levels appropriate to the lay cantor (baal t'filo) as well the professional cantor (chazz'n). Liturgical texts that were traditionally intoned by cantor and choir, or by choir alone, are also included. Annotative commentary explains the liturgical role and character of each service and analyzes the musical content of each prayer mode within it. It also explains the techniques employed in applying the prayer mode to specific liturgical texts and how the applications reflect the literal as well as spiritual content of the texts. This set comprises four books covering the fourteen weekday liturgical occasions, with annotated commentary.
Sholom Kalib is author of The Musical Tradition of the Eastern European Synagogue: Volume I: History and Definition, published by Syracuse University Press which won the 2003 Tuttleman Foundation Book Award of Gratz College. He is professor emeritus of Eastern Michigan University and a practicing cantor for over fifty years.