Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Lecha Dodi (Isbihane) - לכה דודי מקאם אצביהאן


In honour of Parashat Noah, to which the songs of Bakashot associated with it are in the Maqam (mode of) Isbihane, I present to you a simple-to-learn tune of Lecha Dodi to be sung during Kabalat Shabbat.
The first tune is a classical Isbihane melody that can be applied to any quatrain (4-sentence stanza) song. It also goes well with:

  • El Adon
  • Rau Banim

At "Lo Tevoshi," I switch the melody to a faster tune that is commonly sang to the words of "Shahar Avakeshcha" found below:
שַׁחַר אֲבַקֶשְׁךָ, צוּרִי וּמִשְׂגַּבִּי / אֶעְרֹך לְפָנֶיךְ שַׁחְרִי וְגַם עַרְבִּי.
לִפְנֵי גְדֻלָּתְךָ אֶעְמֹד וְאֶבָּהֵל / כִּי עֵינְךָ תִרְאֶה כָּל מַחְשְׁבוֹת לִבִּי.
מַה זֶה אֲשֶׁר יוּכַל הַלֵּב וְהַלָּשׁוֹן / לַעְשׂוֹת וּמַה כֹּחַ רוּחִי בְּתוֹךְ קִרְבִּי?
הִנֵּה לְךָ תִיטַב זִמְרַת אֱנוֹשׁ עַל כֵּן / אוֹדְךָ בְּעוֹד תִּהְיֶה נִשְׁמַת אֱלוֹהַּ בִּי!

(For the purpose of shortening the recording, only a few of the stanzas of Lecha Dodi are sung.)

~ השמיעיני את קולך - Let me hear your voice ~

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