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Hi,

These are Three Ancient Jewish Melodies for Harp. Jerusalem is the epicenter of Jewish worship, faith, spirituality, community, history, and vision of the future. It is in these ancient chambers that the Prophets of Israel prophesied for a future where all of mankind will find unity and solace. For me personality it is my favorite city in the world. The feeling of standing at the western wall where within these gigantic stones the Temple services took place some 3000 years ago, first in Solomon's Temple and then in the Second temple in the times of the Maccabees., is a feeling like no other. 

I have always wondered what kind of music existed back then in Ancient Israel and in Jerusalem in particular. The melodies of King David and the singing of the Levite Chorus.

This is my attempt in trying to catch a small glimpse of how it might of sounded. I'm not sure that one may know for sure, but trying is legitimate.

Best Wishes,

Saul Gefen

Ancient Jewish Melody I

Ancient Jewish Melody II

Ancient Jewish Melody III

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Gorgeous music!

Hi Saul, I listened to first piece. I find it excellent, superb music. I will listen to the others later.

A fortune.

Kjell

Hello Saul! Very interesting pieces. Its been some time since I saw you here but why have you changed your name from Dzorelashvili to Gefen? You have the same photo and tracks on your soundcloud so I suppose it must be you but I'm just curious of course!

Thank You Ali!

Ali Riza SARAL said:

Gorgeous music!

Thank You Kjell!

What did you think about the other two?

Best Wishes

Kjell Prytz said:

Hi Saul, I listened to first piece. I find it excellent, superb music. I will listen to the others later.

A fortune.

Kjell

Saul these are excellent! I know you are proud of your heritage and have good reason to be. Are these actual Jewish tunes? The reason I ask is they seem to have a very western feel to them and I ( maybe mistakenly) expect a more middle eastern sound. This almost sounds medieval to my ears. Interesting compositions for sure.

I have also wondered at how the music back then must have sounded. King David had a harp but I think it was a far cry from today's harps. Maybe I have been misled by Hollywood movies into thinking that music thousands of years ago was quite primitive compared to music now. I always see those animal horns for the brass section:) 

I suspect that similar to many other historical inaccuracies the music was much better than it is portrayed to be.

Thank you Tim for your comments.

yes these are original melodies/compositions. I have tried to create this feel of antiquity but I am living at the present and in the western world, so that also influenced the music. As I said we can only try, but not sure if we can always succeed in replicating the era. Look at all the composers that composed biblical themed music, they all reflect their current present time and culture.

I think what King David had was a 7 stringed Lyre.

Regards,

Saul

Timothy Smith said:

Saul these are excellent! I know you are proud of your heritage and have good reason to be. Are these actual Jewish tunes? The reason I ask is they seem to have a very western feel to them and I ( maybe mistakenly) expect a more middle eastern sound. This almost sounds medieval to my ears. Interesting compositions for sure.

I have also wondered at how the music back then must have sounded. King David had a harp but I think it was a far cry from today's harps. Maybe I have been misled by Hollywood movies into thinking that music thousands of years ago was quite primitive compared to music now. I always see those animal horns for the brass section:) 

I suspect that similar to many other historical inaccuracies the music was much better than it is portrayed to be.

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