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For 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. 


Emanuel Aguilar
Santo Servicio
David Ricardo
Bram Lopes Cardozo

 Emanuel Aguilar

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. 

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pages 1-13       nrs 1-13
pages 14-25     nrs 14-26
pages 26-37     nrs 27-39
pages 38-49     nrs 40-54
pages 50-61     nrs 55-70

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.
Hopefully, more comparisons will follow.

Recordings: EA, NN, SRP


nr & page recording
כל ברואי 1/1 EA
שחר אבקשך 2/2 EA, NN
ה' בוקר 3/2 EA
אלקי עוז תהלתי 4/3 EA
למענך ולא לנו 5/3 EA
אברך 6/4 EA, NN1, NN2, SRP
כי אשמרה שבת 19/19 EA
יום זה לישראל 20/20 EA
אלקים יסעדינו 22/22 EA
תודות קל 63/56 EA, SRP
צור שוכן 64/57 EA

Recordings (EA): © Eliot Alderman , copied with permission from the website

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Santo Servicio

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.



Baruch Haba (psalm 118) recording
Baruch Haba
Chupa responses
Shir Hama'alot (psalm 128) recording
Adon Olam recording
Adon Olam de Sola, recording
Adon Olam
Halel - Helelu (psalm 117)
Halel - Hodu (psalm 118) recording
Halel - Odecha (psalm 118)
Halel - Ana (psalm 118)
Halel - Ana
Ein Kelokenu recording
Ein Kelokenu
Cohanecha recording
Gadelu recording
Hanoteen teshu'ah
Jimloch recording
Mizmor leDavid havu (psalm 29) recording
Sjoeva lim'onach recording
Oeba letsion
Mizmor letoda (psalm 100) recording
Chishki chizki Song composed to celebrate the inauguration of the Snoge in 1675. 
Lamenatseach (psalm 67)
Heleloeka (psalm 150)
Shir hama'alot leDavid (psalm 122)
Uba letzion Emile Jonas
Hallelu keel bekodsho (psalm 150)

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David Ricardo

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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.



Community singing

קדיש 1 Solemn days (1) evening
קדיש 2 Rechalim (2) evening
קדיש 3 Rechalim evening mixed choir
קדיש הגדןל 4 Simchat Tora evening
קדיש 5 Rechalim last afternoon
קדושה 6 Rechalim 


קדיש 7 Solemn days morning
קדיש 8 Solemn days morning
קדיש 9 Solemn days evening & morning
קדיש 10 Shabbat/Festivals evening &  morning
קדיש 11 Pesach evening
קדיש 12 Shabbat Bereshit evening
קדושה 13 Rechalim morning 
קדושה 14 Rechalim morning
קדושה 15 Simchat Tora, Shabbat Bereshit
טעמי  המקרא 16 Tora reading cantillations (no recorded), see recording by NN
אם תשיב Community singing on Shabbat

(1): Rosh hashana & Yom Kipur, also referred to as High Festivals
(2): Succot, Pesach & Shabungot, also referred to as Festivals

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Bram Cardozo

Abraham (Bram) Lopes Cardozo (1914-2006) hand-copied the Seder Hazanut manuscript of Brandon (1866 & 1892) around 1937. He left Holland and moved to Paramaribo in 1939. In 1945 he moved to New York, where he served as a chazzan for over 40 years.

In the back of his copy he added information about the melodies used. As is obvious, he added that much later, whilst living in NY. See e.g. the header of page 140 which is written in English and mentioning e.g. on page 139 that this is how they sing in Amsterdam, both he would not have done whilst still living in Amsterdam. As he got influenced by this experiences in Paramaribo and New York, these notes on Amsterdam melodies are not always 100% accurate.

Mr. Cardozo used a numerical notation rather than musical notes. In this notation, 1 stands for do or C, 2 for re or D, 3 for mi for E etc. A dot on e.g. 1 makes it an octave higher, a strike-through a half tone etc.  There are plans to convert the notation to real sheet music.

The recordings were made by Bar Vingerling (BV). As an example, see Lecha dodi (page 133) sung with numbers and with text.

In below table I bring next to the recordings of Cardozo's notation, next to authentic recordings by NN, NRP, AAV & JBS for sake of comparison.



127-129 Lighting the chanukia BVNNmore
130 1st beracha haftara BV  ;  NRP
131 Ma nishtana (hagada);
psalm 144 (לדוד ברוך) Shabbat conclusion
BV  ;  NN
 BV  ;  AAV  :  DNN
132-133 ה' צבאו'ת  Shabat conclusion
מזמור לדוד Friday night
לכה דודי Friday night
BV  ;  JBS
BV  ;  NN
134-136 Repetition Amida till kedusha Shabbat Mincha BV  ;  (NN*) & JBS
137 Kadish 1st morning Rosh Hashana BV ;   NN
138 Kedusha Mincha Kippur BV  ;  NN
139 Festive kadish (Simchat Tora, Shabbat Bershit & Shabbat Nachamu) BV  ;  ??
140 Neginot for nevi'im during limud.
What he notes as "end pasuk" is actually מאריך- תרחא, סוף פסוק. 
The azla-gerish is missing, it is sung like the holech-rebi'a.
BV  ;  -- (*1)
141 Duchan incl the "words" for shabbat & regalim BV 1&2 ; BV3
; JBS2; JBS3

(NN*): This should be on NN tape 4b, but that tape is missing. Actually, somewhere after the war, when there is no repetition, the the first berachot were read by the Chazzan almost silently. Chacham Toledano reinstituted for the Chazzan to read them aloud. On Shabbat during Mincha we now use the Shacharit melody, with a special ending for Shabbat Mincha. The notation of the music by Mr. Cardozo may thus be a "lost melody" for these three berachot. The fact that the end of Mr. Cardozo's notes are identical to the "special ending for Shabbat Mincha" as used, seems to prove this assumption.
There is no other documentation of this melody, just examples. NN: sample recordings and related text.
(*2) This melody differs quite a lot from the Amsterdam way, as recorded by NN. According to some, this is the way it was sung in Suriname.

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Kaddish first night Pesach (Mongadim page 174)
Sheet music
Recording Alderman (EA)
Recording Nabarro (NN)
Ufros - Arbitt festive (Mongadim page 4) sheet music and recording (from minute 1:40)



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