Osvaldo Golijov (1960)

K'vakarat (1994)

for singer and string quartet

  • General information
    • Composition date: 1994
    • Duration: 8 mn
    • Commission: Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
    • Dedication: à la mémoire du Rabbin Marshall Meyer
    • Libretto (details, author):

      Prière de Yom Kippour.

Detailed formation
  • soloist: unspecified male voice
  • violin, second violin, viola, cello

Premiere information

  • Date: 27 January 1994

    États-Unis, Ohio, Wexner Center for the Arts


    Mikhail Alexandrovich : chant, le Kronos Quartet.


Cette œuvre a été enregistrée par le Kronos Quartet et le chanteur Mikhail Alexandrovich, sur l'album "Night Prayers" (Nonesuch, 1994).

Program note

K'vakarat is the last paragraph of the prayer that epitomizes the central theme of the High Holidays. The whole prayer is known as Un'tahne Tokef Kedushat Hayom ("We will observe the mighty holiness of this day"). Tradition ascribes this prayer to Rabbi Amnon of Mayence (XV century of our era) who uttered it in his last moments as he lay dying in martyrdom.

Osvaldo Golijov, site internet du compositeur.