Adonai, Adonai – Carol Barnett

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Composer: Carol Barnett

Text by: (translation of Exodus 34 :6-7, 9)

Instrumentation: a round for a cappella choir; unison to 4-part

Duration: N/A

Date Written:  1979

Composer’s note: 

Often used for the Jewish High Holy Days, this brief prayer is appropriate year-round. Surprisingly easy to learn, this hauntingly modal setting gives a taste of an ancient sonic tradition that continues into the present. Adonai, Adonai was written for the B’nai Emet Synagogue choir of St. Louis Park, MN, Steve Barnett, conductor.  

“Adonai”, the name of God in Hebrew, is properly used only when recited as a prayer; in all other contexts, the word “Adoshem” is substituted. But this text is itself a prayer, whatever the context, and so there is a choice. If in doubt as to which word to use, consult a local rabbi.

– Carol Barnett


God, the Lord our God,
is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in goodness and truth,
assuring love for a thousand generations,
forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin.
Pardon our iniquity and our sin,
and take us for Thine inheritance.

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