Atonement commemorates the holiest day of the year in the Jewish faith, called Yom Kippur. On that day an individual repents for transgressions which may have occurred during the past year. Fasting and prayer are the activities which begin at sundown with the chanting of Kol Nidre and end twenty four hours later. Part of the piece quotes the beginning strains of "Hatikvah," the Israeli national anthem.
It is adaptable to any solo instrument. Solo parts are included for C concert, B-flat, E-flat, and bass clef instruments.