From Plank Road Publishing
by Karl Hitzemann
The Hanukkah holiday is a very old one. It honors the struggle of ancient Jews to restore the Temple of Jerusalem. To commemorate this extraordinary event, the Jewish people of today celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah and call it the "Festival of Lights."
In the Jewish tradition, Hanukkah is considered to be a minor holiday and therefore, a bit more lighthearted. But for "A Song For Hanukkah," we decided to do a more pensive and haunting treatment. The lyrics refer to many Hanukkah traditions and customs, but they also speak of dedication, prayer, honor, and hope.
The piece has a playable piano part that would work well for a live performance. Consider using this song as an opportunity to not only talk and learn about Hanukkah, but also the history, religion, and culture of the Jewish people. (from Music K-8, Vol. 24, No. 2)
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