Queen Esther in the Bible
A song about how she saved her people

Queen Esther in the Bible - a music book to sing the complete story

Looking for a "drama" for your church choir?  Perhaps something akin to a musical or light opera, but way less labor-intensive?  Or maybe your ladies want to sing a Bible story that's not about a guy!

Or perhaps you have a student who just loves a good Bible story, told with drama!

Check out this 57-page musical retelling of the story of Esther, a true-life Jewish hero in her day.

This is the story of Queen Esther in the Bible. 

This beautiful song book for piano & voice  tells the riveting story of the attempted genocide of the Jews in ancient Persia, and the brave young queen who risked her life to change the king's mind and save her people. 

This story never grows old.  As the foreword to the book relates:

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This music could be sung and acted out for Purim.

It is a nearly complete summary of the Book of Esther,  with many verses, a repeating chorus that comes back around, and a total of 57 pages.  

Listen to the short video below to hear the flavor of this Purim music.


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Here is the dramatic beginning for Esther:

Queen Esther in the Bible - a song for voice and piano that tells the story of Esther.

The chorus, "Esther, Mordecai, Ahasuerus," (or Achashverosh) comes back around again and again, though not necessarily after the same number of verses.  See pages 1, 2, and 3:

Queen Esther in the Bible - a song for voice and piano that tells the story of Esther.
The story of King Ahasuerus and Queen Vashti, set to music

Esther's beauty was what distinguished her initially, but there was surely more to her than mere beauty to cause Hegai, the keeper of the harem, to single her out for special treatment.

She was probably a brilliant young woman to hatch the plan of stringing the king and his favorite, Haman, along for two days, thus building a pleasant mystery for King Ahasuerus! 

He was even so sleepless that first night that he called for the Book of Records to be read to him, thus learning of her cousin Mordecai's noble deed.

Page 5:

Esther, the queen, is a Jew.  A song for voice and piano

Wait!  What about an EASIER arrangement for my piano students?

That is coming.  Almost done. (Today is March 7, 2020.)  Keep checking back!  

Here's what that SIMPLIFIED chorus will look like:

Sheet music for Esther For Such a Time as This, simplified and with chords

If you examine this graphic closely and compare it to the other version, you will notice that not only is this greatly simplified, but there are chord symbols, and it is in the key of E minor (much easier for guitar and violin).

The other parts of the piece will likewise be much simpler, and standardized; that is, each repetition will be the same, without adding new embellishments.  No right hand chords.

This easy student arrangement should be ready in the next week.


What is this about the "Serpent, Dread and Sly" in verse 3, measure 42?  



There can be little doubt that since very early times, the human race in general, and the descendants of Abraham in particular, have been the target of planned corruption or destruction.

Corruption?  I'm not speaking of "sinfulness," though there is plenty of that, but the defilement of the human genome itself. 

Genesis 6, the story of Noah and the flood, talks about "the sons of God" taking for themselves "the daughters of men."  Their offspring were "the mighty men of old" - perhaps those demi-gods spoken of in ancient myths.  And when God looked on the earth, he saw that Noah was still "perfect" in his generation, apparently a way to say he was still 100% human.

Does this sound crazy to our modern ears?  Yes, as Michael Heiser says in his book "The Unseen Realm," we modern Christians say we believe in a supernatural world, but we're mostly embarrassed to talk about it.

Why was an unpolluted human genome necessary?  For the Seed - the Messiah!  He had to be all human, the seed of the woman.  

Genesis 3:15: "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.”

And he had to be of the Davidic line!  Hence, such an effort on Satan's part to eradicate that line, and those people.

And here it is, happening again in the story of Esther.  Haman plots the death of EVERY Jew, not just the one he finds so infuriating:

Hear this section in a second video:

After page 11, the return to the chorus ("Esther, Mordecai, Ahasuerus") takes a more lyrical turn.  Listen to pages 10 to 12 here:

"Esther, For Such a Time as This" is through-composed.  That is, there are no sections where the music repeats, and no tricky "Da capo al coda" sections, etc.  

I have placed very few dynamic or articulation markings in "Esther."  I leave you, as a fellow musician, to decide where to add volume or tempo changes.

There are no pedal markings in this piece until just before the final page, where a feeling of ritard and a break seem necessary to me.  Then, a clean pedal change is suggested.  But again, you decide!


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Esther 9 answers the question, What is Purim?  Purim's definition is the "casting of lots" - the lots that were cast were known as "purim"  (the word is plural).

Verses 20-32 tell the history of Purim:

20 Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far, 

21 to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar 

22 as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

23 So the Jews agreed to continue the celebration they had begun, doing what Mordecai had written to them. 

24 For Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them and had cast the pur (that is, the lot) for their ruin and destruction. 

25 But when the plot came to the king’s attention,[a] he issued written orders that the evil scheme Haman had devised against the Jews should come back onto his own head, and that he and his sons should be impaled on poles.

26 (Therefore these days were called Purim, from the word pur.) Because of everything written in this letter and because of what they had seen and what had happened to them, 

27 the Jews took it on themselves to establish the custom that they and their descendants and all who join them should without fail observe these two days every year, in the way prescribed and at the time appointed. 

28 These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never fail to be celebrated by the Jews—nor should the memory of these days die out among their descendants.

29 So Queen Esther, daughter of Abihail, along with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter concerning Purim. 

30 And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews in the 127 provinces of Xerxes’ kingdom—words of goodwill and assurance— 

31 to establish these days of Purim at their designated times, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had decreed for them, and as they had established for themselves and their descendants in regard to their times of fasting and lamentation. 

32 Esther’s decree confirmed these regulations about Purim, and it was written down in the records.

[An interesting conjecture for which I have no proof, but have heard: Haman, the terrible enemy of the Jews, was an Agagite, of the Amalekites.  This was one of the nations God wanted destroyed.  Was King Agag Haman's ancestor? Agag was the man whom King Saul failed to kill, disobeying God's command.  

In contrast, Mordecai was a descendant of Shimei, a despicable and scornful man whom David spared when he became king.  David's mercy did not defy God's will.

If this connection is true, then it is another example of God turning evil into good. 

In The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien,  Melkor tried to spoil the beautiful song sung by the Ainur under Eru, the One, with a dark theme unrelated to Eru's original themes.  Eru, also known as Iluvatar (Father of All)  somehow picked up these darker and even evil themes and wove them into the master song,  making the song MORE BEAUTIFUL, and MORE MEANINGFUL. ]


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The story in song of Queen Esther in the Bible

Esther: For Such a Time as This

Download this beautiful songbook telling the riveting story of the attempted genocide of the Jews in ancient Persia, and the brave young queen who risked her life to change the king's mind and save her people.

Also available as a paperback at Amazon!