Nigun (Improvisation) No. 2 from 'Baal Shem'
Violin and piano
Three Pictures of Chassidic Life. Composed by Ernest Bloch (1880-1959). 20th Century. Set of performance parts. With bowings and fingerings. 14 pages. Published by Carl Fischer (CF.B1857).
Item Number: CF.B1857
ISBN 0825810817. 9x12 inches.
"What interests me," wrote Bloch, "is the Jewish soul, the enigmatic, ardent, turbulent soul that I feel vibrating throughout the Bible...it is all this that I endeavor to hear in myself and to transcribe into my music; the venerable emotion of the race that slumbers way down in our souls." Bloch's Baal Shem is made up of I. "Vidui" (Contrition) -- Un poco lento; II. "Nigun" (Improvisation) -- Adagio non troppo; III. "Simchas Torah" (Rejoicing) -- Allegro giocoso. Nigun is the most extrovert composition. Bloch attempts to recreate the feeling of ecstatic religious chanting through a highly charged and ornate melodic line that rises to a fever pitch of spiritual intensity before dying away to a gentle close.