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Children's Suite
composer
from Op 57 for piano solo
arranger
1934

Recordings
'Achron: Complete Suites for violin and piano' (CDA67841)
Achron: Complete Suites for violin and piano
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No 1: Jumping with tongue out: Allegro grazioso (after Op 57 No 2)
Track 24 on CDA67841 CD2 [1'17] 2CDs for the price of 1
No 2: Sleep, my puppy: Andantino (after Op 57 No 11)
Track 25 on CDA67841 CD2 [0'54] 2CDs for the price of 1
No 3: Birdies: Moderato (after Op 57 No 12)
Track 26 on CDA67841 CD2 [1'43] 2CDs for the price of 1
No 4: March of Toys: Marciale (after Op 57 No 10)
Track 27 on CDA67841 CD2 [1'19] 2CDs for the price of 1
No 5: Mamma, tell a fairy tale: Allegretto (after Op 57 No 4)
Track 28 on CDA67841 CD2 [1'26] 2CDs for the price of 1
No 6: The Top: Allegro (after Op 57 No 8)
Track 29 on CDA67841 CD2 [1'02] 2CDs for the price of 1
No 7: The Caravan: Lento (after Op 57 No 18)
Track 30 on CDA67841 CD2 [1'15] 2CDs for the price of 1
No 8: Parade with presents: Alla marcia (after Op 57 No 20)
Track 31 on CDA67841 CD2 [1'41] 2CDs for the price of 1

Children's Suite
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In 1922 Achron moved to Berlin, where many of his works were finally published both by Jibneh and Universal Edition. This city, then the cultural capital of Europe, had also attracted many of his colleagues, including Rosovsky and Engel, before they emigrated to Palestine in 1924, and its cosmopolitan creative climate inspired Achron to evolve a more subtle approach to Jewish characteristics, akin to Bartók’s assimilation in his music of Magyar elements. This is evident in Achron’s Children’s Suite, Op 57, originally written for piano, and later arranged for clarinet, string quartet and piano. Eight of the original twenty pieces were adapted in 1934 by Jascha Heifetz for violin and piano. The set is significantly influenced by traditional cantillation modes, and also by French impressionism, each piece colourfully characterized, alternating fast and slow, and with delicate yet subtly chromatic accompaniments. Jumping with tongue out is a lively dance, contrasted by the plangent innocence of Sleep, my puppy and the pastoral imitations of Birdies, with its trills, darting motifs, repeated notes and shimmering tremolos. The March of Toys sets an ironic jaunty theme over a drone bass, while Mamma, tell a fairy tale resumes mellow lyricism with hints of pentatonic modality. The Top’s vibrant moto perpetuo texture provides a foil to the sustained orientalism of The Caravan, while Parade with presents crowns the set with Stravinskian piquancy and panache.

from notes by Malcolm Miller © 2012

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Details for CDA67841 disc 2 track 27
March of Toys: Marciale (after Op 57 No 10)
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-12-84151
Duration
1'19
Recording date
10 March 2009
Recording venue
Jerusalem Music Centre, Israel
Recording producer
Eric Wen
Recording engineer
Zvi Hirshler
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    Release date: March 2012
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