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Five Yiddish Songs

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In the winter of 1997, I was preparing for my graduation recital from Juilliard and looking for a programme which was meaningful to me personally. My Grandmother was born in Russia, and I am of Jewish descent. I wanted to find pieces I could connect with. Both my Grandmother and Mother loved Yiddish songs, and I would hear them sung throughout my childhood; however I could only find the traditional folk arrangements, oftentimes with only the simple melodic lines written out. Eric Whitacre (my boyfriend at the time, now husband) suggested I make new arrangements of the pieces, and although I was reluctant at the beginning I painfully churned out my first arrangement of the five Yiddish Songs for piano, clarinet and voice. The last song in the collection is one of the more well-known Yiddish songs out there. I find an incredibly strong connection with the simplicity and beauty of these songs.

from notes by Hila Plitmann © 2011

Recordings

The Ancient Question
SIGCD276Download only

Details

No 1: Di alte kasche 'The ancient question'  Fregt di velt an alte kashe
Track 1 on SIGCD276 [1'14] Download only
No 2: A fidler 'The fiddler'  S'hot der tate fun yaridl
Track 2 on SIGCD276 [1'04] Download only
No 3: Unter a kleyn beymele 'Under a small tree'
Track 3 on SIGCD276 [2'33] Download only
No 4: Du sollst nit geyn 'You shall go with no other, girl!'
Track 4 on SIGCD276 [1'22] Download only
No 5: Rozhinkes mit mandlen 'Raisins and almonds'  In dem beys hamikdash in a vinkl cheyder
Track 5 on SIGCD276 [2'37] Download only

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