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Compositions

The compositions of Abraham Kaplan are listed below, in three categories:

 

   Choral Works (with or without orchestra)

   Solo Vocal Works (including songbooks arranged from choral works)

   Instrumental Works (including orchestral works)

 

Within each category, more recent works are listed first.

 

For further information regarding any of Abraham Kaplan’s works, please contact us.

Choral Works

(with or without orchestra)

Coming Soon: Best Loved Poems  (2018)

PDF movements available for purchase.


PDF licensing options available: $9.00 for complete score, $0.99 per movement. Please
contact us to arrange a license.
 

For mixed chorus and piano. Movements may be performed separately.

   1. I Never Saw a Moor

   2. It Couldn’t Be Done

   3. If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking

   4. The Arrow and the Song

   5. Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor

   6. The Lost Chord

   7. Solitude

   8. The Blind Men and the Elephant

   9. The Mirror

   10. The Old Oaken Bucket

   11. The Star

Wisdom of the Ages (2017)

Abe’s Songbook, Volume I

FREE DOWNLOAD: Wisdom of the Ages (PDF, 3MB, 2017-12-14 revision)
 

Three- and Four-part rounds (canons) for choir, with optional piano accompaniment, guitar chords included.

Canons include: Carpe Diem, Dreams, Fear, Great Spirits, It Is Astonishing, After the Flea, All That Glitters, Camel, Genius, Gold, Good Actions, Spokesmen, The Four Agreements, Gratitude, Humanity, Love and Music, Neither a Lender Be, Anger, Envy, He Who Lives, Kindness, Do a Little Well, Learn, Melody, Nonsense, Winter, Wisdom.

Each round is based on a single quote from sources such as Berlioz, Cameron Diaz, Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, FDR, Shakespeare, the Bible, and traditional sayings.

Errata for the original version (pre-2017-12-14 revision): Wisdom of the Ages Errata (PDF)

Lincolnesque  (2015)

 

Vocal score available for purchase


PDF licensing options available: $4.00 for complete score, $0.99 per movement. Please
contact us to arrange a license.
 

For mixed chorus and piano, with optional trumpet.
Movements may be performed separately.

Trumpet part is included in the vocal score.

 

   1. The Gettysburg Address

   2. The New Colossus

   3. If—

   4. Mortality

   5. The Last Words of David

Lincolnesque - MasterChorus Eastside, Linda Gingrich, Conductor
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The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s  (2013)

Shir Hashirim Asher Lishlomo

 

Vocal score available for purchase (Printed and PDF)

A Dance Suite, for soprano solo, mixed chorus, and small instrumental ensemble (or piano).
Instrumentation: oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, contrabassoon, percussion (one player), violoncello, and double bass.

For information regarding full score and instrumental parts, please contact us.  To be sung in Hebrew and English.

 

   1. Overture

   2. The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's

   3. Let him kiss me

   4. Whither is thy beloved gone

   5. The voice of my beloved

   6. Behold, thou art fair, my love

   7. Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness

   8. I am black and comely

   9. I am my beloved's

   10. Look not upon me, because I am black

   11. Thou hast ravished my heart

   12. Set me as a seal upon your heart

Eight Days of Chanukah  (2010)

 

Vocal score available from JW Pepper.com and from Transcontinental Music Publishers

For mixed chorus and keyboard.

Movements may be performed separately, and either with or without accompaniment.

Nos. 2 & 8 are also available for small orchestra: horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, and strings.

For information regarding full score and instrumental parts, please contact us.

 

   1. Haneirot halalu

   2. Blessings for Chanukah ("Baruch atah, Adonai")

   3. Maoz tzur

   4. Mamlakha

   5. Am ne'emaney

   6. Heikhalo

   7. Malki

   8. Ikhlu

Now available: Errata for Eight Days of Chanukah

FREE SONGBOOK: Eight Days of Chanukah Songbook

Eight Days of Chanukah - Vashon Island Chorale
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Eight Days of Chanukah - H.L. Miller Cantorial School Chorus, Jewish Theological Seminary
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The Arrow and the Song  (2001)

 

Vocal score available as free download. Click here.

 

For mixed chorus and piano. This work is currently under revision, please let us know about any performances!

Give me your tired, your poor  (2001)

 

Vocal score available as free download. Click here.

 

For mixed chorus and piano. This work is currently under revision, please let us know about any performances!

I never saw a moor  (2001)

 

Vocal score available as free download. Click here.

 

For mixed chorus and piano. This work is currently under revision, please let us know about any performances!

If I can stop one heart from breaking  (2001)

 

Vocal score available as free download. Click here.

 

For mixed chorus and piano. This work is currently under revision, please let us know about any performances!

It couldn't be done  (2001)

 

Vocal score available as free download. Click here.

 

For mixed chorus and piano. This work is currently under revision, please let us know about any performances!

Solitude  (2001)

 

Vocal score available as free download. Click here.

 

For mixed chorus and piano. This work is currently under revision, please let us know about any performances!

The Star  (2001)

 

Vocal score available as free download. Click here.

 

For mixed chorus and piano. This work is currently under revision, please let us know about any performances!

The K’dusha Symphony  (1981)

 

Recording available for purchase

 

A Vocal Symphony, for soloists, mixed chorus, and symphony orchestra.

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, harp, percussion (3 players), and strings.

For information regarding full score, vocal score, and instrumental parts, please contact us.

Commissioned by the Tober family in memory of the late Abraham E. Tober and Anna Tober to celebrate and mark the observance of St. Louis Congregation B’nei Abraham's 100th anniversary.

 

   I. Vision and Praise

      1. Vaer’e

      2. Overture

      3. Nakdishach

      4. Ledor vador

   II. Love and Knowledge of God

      5. Love Song

      6. O everyone that thirsteth

      7. Happy is the man

      8. She is the tree of life

      9. Set me as a seal

   III. Sanctification

      10. Keter

      11. We will revere thee

      12. El Adon

      13. Through all generations

 

Crystal Cathedral Psalms  (1980)

 

Vocal score available for purchase

 

For mixed chorus and small orchestra (or piano).

Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, bassoon, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, harp, percussion (2 players), and strings.

For information regarding full score and instrumental parts, please contact us.

 

Commissioned by the Crystal Cathedral Ministries, Dr. Robert Shuller, founder, and Arvella Schuller, for the formal dedication of the Crystal Cathedral on September 14, 1980.

 

   1. Hallelujah, with songs of joy

   2. I lift my eyes

   3. The heavens are telling

 

Psalms of Abraham  (1979)

 

Vocal score (SSA) available for purchase (Printed and PDF)

Vocal score (SATB) available for purchase (Printed and PDF)

Recording available for purchase (CD)

 

For tenor and soprano soloists, chorus of treble voices (or mixed voices), and small orchestra.

For information regarding full score and instrumental parts, please contact us.

Movements may be performed separately, and in either Hebrew or English.

 

Commissioned for the Beth Abraham Youth Chorale, Dayton, Ohio, and its director, Cantor Jerome B. Kopmar, by Mr. and Mrs. Keath A. Saeks and family in memory of beloved parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Saeks and Mr. Sol Arnovitz, and in honor of beloved mother, Sara Lee Arnovitz.

Version for mixed voices arranged in 2000 for the Vienna Choir Boys (Wiener Sängerknaben) and Chorus Viennensis.

 

      Overture
   1. By the rivers of Babylon (Al naharot Bavel)

   2. I will sing to the Lord [I] (Tov lehodot)

   3. Give thanks to our loving God (Hodu La'Adonay)

   4. Alleluia! (Halleluya)

   5. I lift mine eyes (Esa eynay)

   6. Song of the ascents (Shir hama’alot)

   7. Behold how good (Hiney ma-tov)

   8. For man's days are as the grass (Enosh kechatsir yamav)

   9. I will sing to the Lord [II] (Tov lehodot)

   10. They that sow in tears (Hazor’im bedim'a)

   11. Unto thee, O Lord, do I long (Adonay ro-I)

   12. Lift up your heads, O ye gates (Seu shearim)

 

 

 

Who is like thee  (1978)

Mi chamocha

 

For mixed chorus and piano.

Score not currently in print. For more information, please contact us.

Arvit Leshabat  (1977)

Sabbath Evening Service

 

Vocal score available for purchase (Printed and PDF)

Recording available for purchase (CD)

 

For mixed chorus, cantor (tenor soloist), and symphony orchestra.

For information regarding full score and instrumental parts, please contact us.

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (second doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (doubling oboi d'amore if possible), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, percussion (3 players), harp, and strings.

May be performed with orchestral or organ accompaniment. Most of the work can also be performed without accompaniment.

 

Commissioned by the Choral Society of Temple Emanuel, Paterson, New Jersey, Dr. David H. Panitz, Rabbi.

 

   1. Dimdumim

   2. Ma-tovu

   3. Lechu neranena

   4. Lecha dodi

   5. Mizmor shir

   5a. Tsadik katamar

   6. Barchu

   7. Ahavat olam

   8. Shma Yisraeyl

   9. Mi-chamocha

   10. Hashkiveynu

   11. Veshamru

   12. Chatsi kaddish

   13. Amida

   14. Yihyu leratson

   15. Veychulu

   16. Retsey

   17. Kiddush

   18. Yigdal

 

Addendum for 9. Mi-chamocha is available (included with new Vocal Score sales):

 

The Lord’s Prayer  (1976)

 

For mixed chorus and piano (or string orchestra).

Score not currently in print. For more information, please contact us.

Glorious  (1974)

 

Vocal score available for purchase (Printed and PDF)

Recording available for purchase (CD)

For mixed chorus and instrumental ensemble (or piano).  The twelve numbers are intended as separate compositions, though they are published in one volume.

Instrumentation of the full volume: flute, guitar (optional), percussion (2 players), harp, piano, organ, and string bass.  Vocal score may serve as full score. For information regarding instrumental parts, please contact us.

 

   1. Halleluya, praise the Lord! Amen

   2. Have mercy upon me

   3. I will lift mine eyes unto the hills

   4. The Lord is my shepherd

   5. My heart is not haughty

   6. O my son Absalom

   7. Out of the depths

   8. Praise ye

   9. Sing unto the Lord a new song

   10. So God created man

   11. So the sun stood still

   12. To everything there is a season

Halleluya, praise the Lord! Amen - Abraham Kaplan
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The Lord Is My Shepherd - Abraham Kaplan
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Solo Vocal Works

(including songbooks arranged from choral works)

Glorious  (1974/2015)

 

Songbook currently in development (expected by November 2017)

 

For solo voice and piano. Based on the work for chorus and small instrumental ensemble, composed in 1974. Solo vocal version arranged in 2015.

The twelve numbers are intended as separate compositions, though they are published in one volume.

 

   1. Halleluya, praise the Lord! Amen

   2. Have mercy upon me

   3. I will lift mine eyes unto the hills

   4. The Lord is my shepherd

   5. My heart is not haughty

   6. O my son Absalom

   7. Out of the depths

   8. Praise ye

   9. Sing unto the Lord a new song

   10. So God created man

   11. So the sun stood still

   12. To everything there is a season

Instrumental Works

(including orchestral works)

Symphony No. 2, "Classical" (2003)

 

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, percussion (4 players), and strings.

For more information regarding this work, please contact us.

 

   I. Homage to F.B.M.

   II. A Song of Thanksgiving

   III. Homage to F.J.H.

Fanfare for Twelve Trumpets  (1983)

 

For more information regarding this work, please contact us.

Fanfare for Twelve Biblical Trumpets  (1980)

 

For more information regarding this work, please contact us.

Two-Part Inventions for Piano  (1976)

 

For piano solo.

Intended as twelve separate compositions, but may be grouped for concert purposes.

Score not currently in print. For more information, please contact us.

 

   1. Walking Through the Woods

   2. March

   3. Dance

   4. Topsy Turvy

   5. Lullaby

   6. Hobby-Horse

   7. Boat Ride

   8. The Toy Soldier

   9. Minuet

   10. Skipping Along

   11. The Kangaroo

   12. South of the Border

Twelve Light Duets for Flutes  (1976)

 

For two flutes.

Intended as twelve separate compositions, but may be grouped for concert purposes.

Score not currently in print. For more information, please contact us.