Tekeeyah, a moving symphony from LIVING BREATHING EARTH by composer Meira Warshauer, celebrates both a unique instrument and the faith from which it originated. The shofar, made from a ram’s horn, is used in the Jewish celebrations of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Even though Jews may be familiar with the word and sound of “tekeeyah” within this ritual context with its symbolic purpose to awaken the soul, Warshauer integrates the shofar into her symphonic score beautifully to call humanity out of complacency and compel them to rise to their fullest potential. In this way, Warshauer, who is most inspired by the natural world around her, often draws from sounds that support ecological awareness.
“I remember standing on my front porch when I had a glimmer of an idea for orchestral texture. I was hearing something with lots of inner movement within a slowly progressing structure. As I contemplated further, I noticed the sounds of summer offering an active sound palette with lots of inner movement—cicadas, crickets, birds, even mosquitos!”
Composer Meira Warshauer