June 19, 2013 ~ Shabbat BALAQ. Maqam MAHOUR.
Ezekiel Hai Albeg was a prolific composer of pizmonim. Born in Baghdad in
1910, he learnt in the Talmud Torah Al Zalka. He moved to the Old City of
Jerusalem in 1925 at the age of 15 and eventually attended the famous Porat
Yosef Yeshiva. By age 17, he published his first pizmonim book called "Rinat
Yehezqel" - רינת יחזקאל. His style of composing pizmonim was unique compared
to other composers of this time. Albeg immigrated to the United States in
1937; he regretted moving away from the Holy Land for the remainder of his
life. In the United States, he lived amongst the Syrian Jewish community.
From 1940-1949, he officiated as a cantor at Congregation Ahavat Ahim. In
the 1950s and 1960s, he was the cantor of Congregation Ahi Ezer. Composer of
hundreds of pizmonim and 8 books: (1) "Kenaf Haaress", Jerusalem, 1935,
(2) "Kenaf Renanim", New York, (3) "Mizmor Shir", 1960, (4) "MeAram Naharaim
'Ad Yerushalayim", 1963, (5) Siddur "Shabbat Shalom", 1941, (6) Mahzor
"Shelom Yerushalayim"- Rosh Hashana, (7) Mahzor "Shelom Yerushalayim"- Yom
Kippur, (8) Mahzor "Shelom Yerushalayim"- Sukkot. Albeg was a significant
contributor of pizmonim to our red Pizmonim Book, Sefer "Shir uShbaha Hallel
veZimrah". He lived in Los Angeles, California, in the later years of his life.
He passed away in the mid-1990s.
|Rast||167||144||נאוה יפה צביה||Ezekiel Albeg in honor of his daughter, Nina. Birth of a Baby Girl.||
|Bayat||388||312||שירו שיר חדוה||Benjamin Becker Bar Misvah.||
|Bayat||389||313||צור יה אל||Song written in honor of Charlie Serouya, Youth Minyan leader of Magen David. This pizmon was adapted from an instrumental prelude by the Egyptian composer Muhammad' Abd al-Wahhab called "Bint al Balad" ("Country Girl"), 1951.||
R Barzani- Hahodaot
|Sigah||565||470||יה אל לך אהללה||In honor of Gabriel A Shrem.||
G Shrem Interview
|903||144c||חי אל מגינם||Maqam Nagriz||
|4003||106d||מלך עולם לך ארנן||Maqam Petihot||
|4022||די לה נעה||Maqam Bayat||