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Nigun (Improvisation) No. 2 from 'Baal Shem'

Three Pictures of Chassidic Life

By Ernest Bloch

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Violin with Piano 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. Carl Fischer #B001857. Published by Carl Fischer (CF.B1857).

Item Number: CF.B1857

ISBN 825810817. 9x12 inches.

"What interests me," wrote Bloch, "is the Jewish soul, the enigmatic, ardent, turbulent soul that I feel vibrating throughout the 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.

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