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Applebaum, Robert
For many years, music was an abiding love but a professional sideline for Robert Applebaum, who taught physics and chemistry at New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL from 1965 until his retirement in June 2000.

As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago he composed scores for student-written musicals. His show music was featured in two professional revues, Six Ages of Man and Hands Around in Love, that played nightly in Chicago from 1964-1966. He began composing choral music for the Jewish liturgy in 1980 and has written three Sabbath services including one for choir and jazz trio. He has composed choral settings of many psalms as well as non-secular texts.

Professional, community, and children’s choirs throughout the country have performed Applebaum’s music. His music has received many premiers by Chicago-land choirs: the Chicago Children’s Choir, Kol Zimrah, Hazmir Chicago, the New Trier High School Winter Festival Choir, Coriolis, the Music Institute Chorale, Chicago a cappella,and the choir of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation of Evanston.

Recent commissions include works for Chicago a cappella, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Libertyville, IL, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Congregation Beth Elohim (Acton, MA), Sears Middle School (Kenilworth, IL), and Loyola Academy High School (Wilmette, IL). Chicago a cappella has included two of his Chanukah pieces on their 2002 CD Holidays Live! and three of his settings of Shakespeare texts on their highly acclaimed 2005 edille release, Shall I Compare Thee?

As a jazz pianist/composer he has three albums to his credit: Hora and Blue (with the Modern Klezmer Quartet, on the Global Village label, 1993), The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree (jazz piano duos with his son Mark Applebaum, on the Innova label, 2002), and Friday Night Jazz Service (2007).
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A Prayer for Healing
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A Prayer for Healing
Applebaum, Robert
Item #: 993449

For SATB and keyboard.

Another offering from one of our hottest composers, this healing blessing for worship or concert features a sweet melody and prayer in both Hebrew and English.

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Adonai Ro'i
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Adonai Ro'i
Applebaum, Robert
Item #: 993522

A very atmospheric setting of Psalm 23 from the highly original pen of Bob Applebaum. The somber text is brought out beautifully in this setting, which is perfect for a memorial service.


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Ahavat Olam
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Ahavat Olam
Applebaum, Robert
Item #: 993421



Applebaum breathes new life – and a new melody – into an essential Hebrew text more often neglected by composers than others. The arrangement here is sophisticated but accessible, with development that keeps the listener relaxed but at the same time seems to tell a story.


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Haneirot Halalu
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Haneirot Halalu
Applebaum, Robert
Item #: 993435

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A much-needed new original melody and choral setting of this familiar Chanukah text. This piece is well suited to high school or adult mixed choral ensembles.

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Or Zarua
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Or Zarua
Applebaum, Robert
Item #: 993436

For SATB and keyboard, with optional flute and percussion.

A delightful new choral work of an original melody by Robert Applebaum to a beloved text. Bob is quickly becoming one of the most popular composers in sacred Jewish circles for choral and solo repertoire.

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Oseh Shalom
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Oseh Shalom
Applebaum, Robert
Item #: 993347

Bob Applebaum is one of our favorite new composers; this piece has gotten a lot of attention. The ethereal, almost precarious setting and lilting chord progressions amongst this Hebrew prayer for peace seem to convey a poignant statement about the elusiveness of peace and the consequences of its ...

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Pitchu Li
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Pitchu Li
Applebaum, Robert
Item #: 993419

Drawing from the texts of the Hallel service, composer Robert Applebaum has produced a setting of Pitchu Li (Psalm 118: 19-25). With overlapping, sweeping melodic lines interspersed with lively, jazzy material, the piece is ideal for a concert program or as a service anthem.

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Y'did Nefesh/Dodi Li
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Y'did Nefesh/Dodi Li
Applebaum, Robert
Item #: 993400

For SATB and keyboard.

Rising star Robert Applebaum unites two timeless Jewish texts with an underlying theme of love - for God, and for another. A sweet, three-quarter time setting soothes the listener. Great for a concert program, or a Shabbat evening service.

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Y’did Nefesh
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Y’did Nefesh
Applebaum, Robert
Item #: 993352

There’s fantastic use of movement and compound meters in this piece that works both in the synagogue and on the concert stage; the musical development keeps listeners engaged from start to finish. This piece sounds complex, but is surprisingly intermediate in difficulty.

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Y’rushalayim
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Y’rushalayim
Applebaum, Robert
Item #: 993325

The phrase “instant classic” is not something to be tossed around lightly – but it’s the perfect one to use here. “From the Peak of Mount Scopus”, Applebaum’s setting of Avigdor Hameiri’s ode to Jerusalem, has beautiful harmonic structure complementing a melody reminiscent of the great Israeli fo...

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