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Klezmorim (The Klezmer Musicians) for Clarinet and Cello (with optional viola)

By Joel Jacklich, Traditional

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Clarinet, Viola, Cello - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Joel Jacklich, Traditional. Arranged by Joel Jacklich (ASCAP). Gospel, Jewish, World, Folk, Klezmer. Score, Set of Parts. 27 pages. Published by Joel Jacklich (S0.439843).

Item Number: S0.439843

Klezmerim (the Klezmer musicians): I was asked to write a Klezmer-style piece by my clarinettist friend Mitch Sturman and his friend, cellist Marty Steinberg, to perform in Philadelphia at a neighborhood reunion. A new synagogue had been built in their old Philadelphia neighborhood of Mayland-Mohican/West Oak Lane -- Congregation Beth’El, 7531 Lowber Ave., Philadelphia, a synagogue founded by the late Rabbi Louise Elizabeth Dailey, the daughter of a Baptist minister. The congregation's spiritual leaders are her daughter, Rabbi Debra Bowen, and Rabbi Bowen's husband, Earl. A concert was given in this new synagogue for its current worshippers on November 4, 2018. An original Klezmer-like tune serves as a ritornello around the melodies of "Go down, Moses" (a nod to the original Baptists religion of the synagogue's founder); "Avadim hayinu, ata b'nei chorin" (We were slaves, but now we are free); "Eliyahu havani" (Elijah, the prophet); and "Chad gadya" (The goat my father bought for two zuzim). The ritornello of the piece (the Klezmer-like melody) was originally composed by Jacklich in 2015 for clarinet, viola, and cello, at the suggestion of Sturman for performance by Sturman (clarinet), Jacklich (viola), and Marissa Gohl (cello). This original kernel of a piece was performed once after a rehearsal of the Imperial Valley Symphony, but was put aside to await further musical development. The commission by Sturman and Steinberg (for a clarinet/cello duo on a Klezmer-like theme), and Steinberg's request for the addition of the Negro spiritual and three Passover Seder melodies, provided the motivation to complete the work in its current form.. The viola part is there for trio performance; however, the work may be performed by only clarinet and cello.

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