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The Soul Descends

for women's choir

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The soul descends into the body, it shouts: Vey, Vey, Vey. This descent is necessary in order to ascend, but is it all wortwhile?

A Hassidic Niggun


The Soul Descends is a reimagined version of the Hassidic Niggun, arranged for a women's choir. The original Hebrew text describes the descent of the soul into the body. I was first introduced to this melody by my mentor, Andre Hajdu, in Israel, as part of our work with Ha'Oman Hai Ensemble.

Mátti Kovler





for women's choir

June 14-20, 2013


International Choirbiennale

Aachen, Germany

The Siren Ensemble, Shosh Lagil - conductor

Based on a Hassidic Niggun


The Soul Descends | Israeli Music Celebration (2017)

The Sirens Ensemble, Shosh Lagil (conductor)

4:57 min, full




Amanda Cooper, ALC Management 



Inquiries for ‘Here Comes Messiah’, ‘Ami & Tami’, ‘The Drumf & the Rhinegold’:

Floating Tower

Erin Simmons, producer


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Brooklyn NY 11211

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Mátti Kovler's scores and recordings are published exclusively by BarkolMusic [ASCAP] and Floating Tower Records. 


Inquiries regarding all European engagements: 

World Entertainment Company

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cell ITA +39 329 472 1404

For Repertoire advice, commission inquiries and general information about scores and individual works please contact Mátti directly at

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