Jiddische Melodien -
flute, viola and harp
first movement sets Oyf'n Prip'chok (אױפֿן
פּריפּעטשיק), "On the hearth." The text sings of a warm fire burning as
children are taught their alphabet alongside the lesson that beginnings can
be difficult, but with the guidance of Torah, life is worthy. The flutter
tongue of the flute and parallel triads in the harp (arpa and non
arpa) decorate the melody in both the right hand of the harp and viola's
pages, circa 2' 00" ]
less well-known Wäldchen melody comes from the German-Yiddish
tradition, "Im Wäldchen, am Bächlein haben sie gewachsen." Viola and harp
introduce the theme in the flute, and flute and viola thereafter trade
gestures from it.
pages, circa 1' 55" ]
third movement is a medley of several themes, the best known being the
Russian-Yiddish "Tumbalalaika" (טום־באַלאַלײַקע
), as the flute sings out a melisma with
the characteristic augmented second, a first theme is introduced in the
slower tempo and 2/4 meter.
Thereafter, the tempo increases with the meter change, as the viola singing
out the second theme. Additional melodies are introduced, with a final,
virtuosic recapitulation of "Tumbalalaika."
pages, circa 6' 15" ]
Total duration - 20 pages, circa 10' 10" ]
The score for
Jiddishce Melodien is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this chamber
score. Parts are available as noted below.