Eli, Eli


Hannah Szenes (1921-1944)

Penned in 1943, Hannah Szenes's moving poem "A Walk to Caesarea," is a beautiful and timeless prayer. This setting was composed with the author in mind; a brave, determined fiercely intelligent and independent young woman. Szenes, having left Budapest for Palestine in 1939, joined a rescue mission in 1943 as a British trained paratrooper in order to rescue Hungarian Jews from being deported to the death camps by the Germans. She was captured, tortured and executed by firing squad late in 1944.  


Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
JS-015 SATB, optional solo, cello 2:15 $2.50
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SATB, optional solo, cello 2:15 $2.00
JS-016 SSAA, optional solo, cello 2:15 $2.50 https://joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.com/files/audio_samples/JS-016%20Eli%2C%20Eli%20.mp3
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SSAA, optional solo, cello 2:15 $2.00
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cello part
Sold as digital download only; contact the composer. Cello part incl.
Soprano solo, cello $6.00 https://joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.com/files/audio_samples/JS-015S_Eli%2C%20Eli.mp3

Audio Credits: 

Solo version; Thomasa Eckert, soprano as heard on "Openings" / SSAA, Aurora Chorus


Joan Szymko

"A Walk to Caesarea"

אלי, אלי, שלא יגמר לעולם

החול והים

רשרוש של המים

ברק השמים

תפילת האדם


My God, My God,

I pray that these things never end,

The sand and the sea,

The rustle of the waters,

Lightning of the Heavens,

The prayer of Man.