Sheet musicFor non professional chazzanim the recordings on this site are very useful. For professionals however, sheet music is more important. We will try to collect and publish what we have.
Sheets music written by Emanuel Aguilar in 1857, based on 70 melodies he
heard from David Aaron de Sola. Recordings will follow. Mind this collection
contains many "standard' melodies, in contrast to the Santo books, which
contain mainly big compositions. According to the note attached to the first
page (see picture) chazzan de Sola moved to London in 1818, so this collection
of music is much older.
It is interesting to compare this sheet music to what we sing today, mainly
based on the recordings made by hazzan Nunes Nabarro (NN)
in the 1960's, which can be
found elsewhere on
this site. In below table I put next to each other 11 Aguilar recordings
from Eliot Alderman to what we sing today. Unfortunately, the recorded bakashot
(Supplications) have mostly been forgotten in Amsterdam, proven by the fact that
most of them were not printed in the recent Green
Tefillot (see the Index).
I leave it to the musicologists to draw conclusions.
Recordings (EA): © Eliot Alderman , copied with permission from the website
There is a big collection of sheet music in the Ets Haim library, usually referred to as the "Santo books", as most were written for the t he Santo Sevicio choir, which started in 1886. This collection will be published in the future. For now we publish the part which constitutes repertoire of the Santo Sevicio choir today. More will follow later.
The entire book was recorded in 1975 and includes an interview in Hebrew. Below table brings the individual melodies. More Ricardo recordings can be found on a dedicated web page. Mind Mr. Ricardo made these recordings years after he immigrated to Israel, and unfortunately by then adopted the modern Hebrew pronunciation. See more on our Amsterdam-Sephardi pronunciation.
(1): Rosh hashana & Yom Kipur, also referred to
as High Festivals
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