Thursday, August 9, 2012

Learning the te'amim

John Wheeler has posted a response to my exercise of writing a score based on Mme. Suzanne Haik-Vantoura's method of interpreting the te'amim, the cantillation signs in the Hebrew Bible.  My initial request to John was to discover the information needed to learn to sight-read these very condensed signs as if they were a readable musical score. I am reasonably confident that this is possible.

Although I set the prior work in a triple meter, I expect the music is more like traditional plainsong than a chant of fixed rhythm.

I will study and compare what John has posted. I see that Mechon-Mamre also has a full text with cantillation online here.