Guided Listening #2: What’s in a Name?

For this Guided Listening you will need the following:

Audio asset: Excerpt I from Suite hébraïque, Cantorial Chant: Adagio sostenuto by Srul Irving Glick
Audio asset: Excerpt II from Suite hébraïque, Dialogue: Andante sostenuto by Srul Irving Glick
Audio asset: Excerpt III from Suite hébraïque, Circle Dance: Allegro by Srul Irving Glick
All assets are provided below.

I. Predict

  • Write on the board: Srul Irving Glick, Suite hébraïque
  • Ask one student to read the following aloud:

Srul Irving Glick wrote this music when he was in France studying and was homesick for his home, his parents and his Jewish traditions. Suite hébraïque No. 1 was inspired by the music Glick grew up with, singing in the synagogue choirs where his father was a cantor. Like the music of the Roma, Jewish music came out of the North African milieu; it absorbed many influences as Jews were largely pushed out of their original homeland and spread throughout Europe.

  • Write the name "Cantorial Chant: Adagio sostenuto" on the board. Ask students to predict what the piece might sound like by checking the meaning of the four words.
  • Listen to audio asset: Excerpt I from Suite hébraïque, Cantorial Chant: Adagio sostenuto by Srul Irving Glick.
  • Discuss: Were the predictions accurate? What else did students notice?
  • Repeat this process for the other audio assets: Excerpt II from Suite hébraïque, Dialogue: Andante sostenuto by Srul Irving Glick and Excerpt III from Suite hébraïquee, Circle Dance: Allegro by Srul Irving Glick.

II. Reflect

  • Listen to the full 6 movements of Suite hébraïque No.1 at the NACmusicbox. Do any of the moments remind you of the music we listened to earlier by Evangelista? (Guided Listening #1) How and why?

Glick, (1934-2002) was born in Toronto, and was immersed in music from an early age. His brother was an accomplished clarinettist and his father was a cantor, singing the prayers at synagogue and at home. Glick studied at the University of Toronto and in Paris, France, taught music at the Royal Conservatory of Music and York University, was a producer with the CBC and a choir director and composer in Residence with Beth Tikvah Synagogue where he composed the majority of his liturgical music. Glick was one of Canada's most prolific composers, and in 1992, in honour of Canada's 125th Anniversary of Confederation, Mr. Glick received a Governor General's medal "for his contribution to Canadian culture". Suite hébraïque No. 1 was written in 1961, dedicated to his parents and reflects Glick's strong ties to the Jewish faith. Each of the six movements represents a different mood or description of some aspect of Jewish life.

Excerpt I from Suite Hebraïque, Cantorial Chant: Adagio sostenuto by Srul Irving Glick (0:00:49)

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Cantorial Chant: Adagio Sostenuto: This excerpt from Glick’s Suite hébraïque No.1 has an unexpectedly lively motif that is like a repeating chant.

Excerpt II from Suite Hebraïque, Dialogue: Andante sostenuto by Srul Irving Glick (0:01:56)

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Dialogue: Andante Sostenuto: Glick has composed a dialogue between different instruments in the orchestra. This conversation in the music may sound excited, or angry and intense, but it does have a gentle ending.

Excerpt III from Suite Hebraïque, Circle Dance: Allegro by Srul Irving Glick (0:01:21)

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Circle Dance: Allegro: This excerpt from Suite hébraïque No.1 feels like a fast and exciting dance, as the melody whirls around and around, punctuated by the sounds of the tambourine and xylophone. The music builds to a climatic end.

Credits and Copyright

  • Audio asset: Excerpt I from Suite hébraïque by Srul Irving Glick
    1961, Srul Irving Glick
  • Audio asset: Excerpt II from Suite hébraïque by Srul Irving Glick
    1961, Srul Irving Glick
  • Audio asset: Excerpt III from Suite hébraïque by Srul Irving Glick
    1961, Srul Irving Glick
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