This is the story of Queen Esther in the Bible. She was a courageous young woman, placing her own life in jeopardy in order to make an appeal for her people, the Jews.
This music could be sung and acted out for Purim, along with other Purim songs. It is a nearly complete Book of Esther summary, with many verses, a repeating chorus that comes back around, and a total of 51 pages.
Listen to the short video below to hear the flavor of this Purim music, and download the first 10 pages for free.
Here is the dramatic beginning for 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:
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 Mordecai's noble deed.
What is this about the "Serpent, Dread and Sly" in verse 3, page 5?
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.
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:
Here is a free sample of "Esther, For Such a Time as This":
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!
After you have taken a look at the sample, consider purchasing the entire song:
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I have been delivering sheet music digitally to customers for over 10 years now at my other site, Music-for-Music-Teachers.com (most of the music there is free, just like this site, SingTheBibleStory.com), and the system works very well.
This file is a "first" release; a paperback music book with some illustrations and a fabulous cover will be coming soon, but at a higher price both for the paperback and the updated digital download copy.
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).
[An interesting conjecture that I have no proof for, 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.]
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