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Benedetto Marcello: Maoz Tzur

This medieval poem so closely associated with Hanukkah is often sung to a triumphant, march-like tune based on a German drinking song. Benedetto Marcello, a Venetian contemporary of Vivaldi, composed this wandering, evocative melody that gives new life to the notion of “rededicating the altar” (since “rededication” is a literal translation of the Hebrew word Hanukkah).

“Maoz Tzur” (Rock of Ages) by Benedetto Marcello, sung by Zamir Chorale of Boston

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