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Which phrases in Shirat HaYam are read with the special 'shirah' trop? (Inspired by this question.)

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approx 8 pesukim that have Hashem's name in them. There is one exception though –  user3039 Jul 22 '13 at 7:03
    
You mean only the pesukim with God's name in them are read with a special tune? –  Double AA Jul 22 '13 at 7:54
    
What is the exception, and can you provide any sources for what you say? Thanks. –  Monica Cellio Jul 22 '13 at 14:27
    
Hi anonymous guest! This looks like it has the potential to be a good, full answer. Please flesh it out and cite sources. –  WAF Jul 22 '13 at 15:21
    
what's the exception? –  paquda Jul 29 '13 at 2:54
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Based in my Mesora - which I got from my father:

The special tune starts before the Shira. It is already used for Posuk 14:29 - the Posuk before וַיּוֹשַׁע

וְהַמַּיִם לָהֶם חֹמָה, מִימִינָם וּמִשְּׂמֹאלָם

Note: this phrases is already mentioned in Pasuk 22 - but there it is sung normally.

Then comes the actual Shira, where each Posuk with Hashem's name gets sung with the special Shira trop.

That's true until 3 Psukim before the end:

  • Pasuk 17 - תְּבִאֵמוֹ, וְתִטָּעֵמוֹ בְּהַר נַחֲלָתְךָ - is read normally.

  • Pasuk 18 - Hashem Yimloch - is read with the Shira trop, as expected.

  • Pasuk 19 - כִּי בָא סוּס פַּרְעֹה is read normally until the last phrase הָלְכוּ בַיַּבָּשָׁה, בְּתוֹךְ הַיָּם which has the "end of the song" nigun.

But we're not done yet - Miriam's Shira is also sung with the Shira trop - i.e. the end of Passuk 21:

  שִׁירוּ לַה' כִּי-גָאֹה גָּאָה, סוּס וְרֹכְבוֹ רָמָה בַיָּם
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