Amram, David. Shir L’Erev Shabbat, Friday Evening Service for Tenor Solo, SATB, Organ. New York: C. F. Peters Corporation, 1965. 26.5 cm, 78 pages, Edition Peters 6683. This copy is signed, inscribed and dated by the composer: “For David Randolph, Your spirit makes it all worthwhile! And you keep singing ALIVE! From Carnegie Hall Dec. 28, 1986 David Amram”.
Commissioned by Cantor David Putterman, who also aided David Amram (1930 – present ) with the transliteration of all the prayers except one, which was written a year later with the help of Cantor Nathaniel Springer(?), the “Mourner’s Kaddish.” First performed in 1960 at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City by Maurice Peress. Composed in a contemporary idiom, Wendall Margrave wrote of this setting: “I believe this was an important event, not only for music but also for religion.” The dedicatee was the founder and long-term conductor and musical director of the Santa Cecilia Chorus. Condition fine.