Klezmer-clysmic

Composer: 

Print Edition Price: 

$22.50 score + 2 parts

Year Authored (or revised): 

2018

Scoring: 

alto sax OR clarinet, cello, piano

Duration (min): 

7

First Performance: 

10/22/2018

Composer's note:

Klezmer-clysmic was composed in the summer and fall of 2018 for the Zinnia trio: Justin Rollefson, Sarah Han and Nathan Arch. The group requested a short work that incorporated elements of klezmer music. I have always enjoyed this traditional eastern European music, feeling a natural affinity with my Jewish roots. The popular work, Freylehk Zain forms the basis for this composition. The tune drifts in and out of focus from a chromatic haze. I imagine my forebears smiling down on me as the rhythmic pulses and elastic tempos swirl around, forming a bridge to the past in the old country. The piece builds to a frenzy, as if the entire shtetl were dancing in celebration.

Ensemble Type: 

duo or ensemble+ keyboard
Internal Fields

Instrument: 

clarinet
alto saxophone
piano
cello
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