'Mishpachat Halfon' - A Cappella Ensemble
Keen to sing and harmonize, often extemporaneously, my family has developed a repertoire which we sing at our Shabbat table. The selections are are drawn from a variety of sources; and while many them are of Spanish and Portuguese provenance, many are not.
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Adon Olam - Mozart
This melody for Adon Olam is taken from the quintet of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute.
Piyyut written by Haham Aboab de Fonseca in honour of the opening of the Esnoga in Amsterdam in 1675. The musical setting is by Abraham de Casseres, composer in residence to the Amsterdam Portuguese community between 1720 - 1740.
Our family's take on the well known composition by Ben Zion Shenker for the verses from Mishlei, traditionally sung before the kiddush on Friday night.
The traditional London Spanish and Portuguese setting for Psalm 67. In the synagogue it is used for festive occasions and may be sung following the counting of the Omer between Pesach and Shabou'ot.