on "Kinder Johren"
This meditation for piano is based on a melody by Mordecai Gebirtig. He was
born in Kraków, Poland on May 4, 1877, and killed in the Kraków ghetto on
June 4, 1942, during the National Socialists' action to deport Polish Jews
to the Belzec death camp. Gebirtig was a carpenter by trade, becoming renown
as a poet and composer of Yiddish folksongs. YIVO states "His
ballads and song-poems were performed by foremost artists of his time, as
well as itinerant street singers in the Jewish courtyards of Europe."
This piano work reminds of the fleeting nature of life, its lyric saying:
"Childhood years, sweet childhood years, / forever will you stay awake in my
memory; / when I think of that time, / I become so regretful and grieve. /
Oh, how quickly I've become old."
Editorially, I shall term this song a "lullaby" for those who grow old and
remember "sweet" childhood years.
pages, circa 5' 50" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score 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 piano
Meditation on "Kinder Johren"