SEPHARDIC HAZZANUT PROJECT
תכנית של חזנות ספרדי
The word pizmonim is a defined as a collection of traditional Jewish songs and melodies. Pizmonim are used throughout the year with specific pizmonim written for different occasions (such as Brit Milah, Baby girl, Bar Mitzvah and wedding), Holidays (Pesach, Succot, Shavout, Purim and Hannukah) and the Shabbat. There are pizmonim that discuss the Jewish nation's love for Israel and Jerusalem. Many pizmonim describe our relationship with God. Some of the Pizmonim date as far back as the Middle Ages or earlier and many are based on biblical text. Other songs may be based on popular Middle Eastern music, with the words composed specially to fit a tune (source: Sephardic Pizmonim Project).
The pizmonim are classified according to the Arabic maqam. Arabic maqam is the system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music. Each maqam is built on a scale, and carries a tradition that defines its habitual phrases, important notes, melodic development and modulation. I have recorded a selection of pizmonim in many of the maqamot that we usually use. Please click on the maqam you're interested in to listen to the pizmonim from the table below.
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