Thursday, August 9, 2012

Music from the te-amim


A week ago, I determined to learn something of the te-amim. I cannot name them yet - too many people to meet at once, but I can begin to read the music they describe.The full score of my transcription is above.  It does not completely agree with that of David Mitchell. It could be that some of the signs are missing in my Tanakh due to textual variations. Also I decided to write in a triple rhythm, especially since I think this psalm may have been written by a child (for the utter simplicity of its recurrence structure).

Word and gloss * first usage1234567891012345VsRoot
ישׂראל Israel
1ישׂראל
יעקב Jacob
1עקב
ישׂראל Israel
2ישׂראל
הים the sea
3ים
* וינס and withdrew
3נוס
* הירדן the Jordan
3ירדן
יסב was surrounded
3סבב
לאחור from behind
3אחור
ההרים the hills
4הר
* רקדו skipped
4רקד
כאילים like rams
4איל
* גבעות hillocks
4גבע
כבני like -kin
4בן
צאן lamb-
4צאן
הים sea
5ים
* תנוס you withdrew
5נוס
* הירדן Jordan
5ירדן
תסב that you were surrounded
5סבב
לאחור from behind
5אחור
ההרים hills
6הר
* תרקדו that you skipped
6רקד
כאילים like rams
6איל
* גבעות hillocks
6גבע
כבני like -kin
6בן
צאן lamb-
6צאן
מלפני from the presence of
7פנה
מלפני from the presence of
7פנה
יעקב Jacob
7עקב
מים waters
8מים
מים waters
8מים