SEPHARDIC HAZZANUT PROJECT
תכנית של חזנות ספרדי
Arabic maqam is the system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music. Each maqam is built on a scale, and carries a tradition that defines its habitual phrases, important notes, melodic development and modulation. Each Shabbat, Sephardic Middle Eastern congregations conduct services applying a different maqam. The maqam is selected based on the Torah portion's theme or an upcoming occasion. The melodies used in a given maqam aim effectively to express the appropriate emotional mindset throughout the liturgy (The explanations of the maqamot are courtesy of www.pizmonim.com).
Please choose from the table below the maqam you are interested in to access the recording of the Shabbat prayers. There are multiple parts of the tefillah of shabbat that the whole congregation sings together and many different pizmonim can be used to sing those parts. I have started recording these parts in many different tunes to provide a comprehensive variety of singing the tefillah.
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