Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kol Nidre, Einmal Andres

I found a performance of my violin setting of Lewandowski's Kol Nidre on YouTube. The tempo indication is "Slowly, with a great deal of freedom," and the Daniel Mihai did just that in 2011, when he played it at a memorial service for Liana Alexandra in Bucharest. He added some pizzicato at the beginning, and some improvisation towards the end (if you know the chant, you'll be able to figure out where).

It's kind of amazing how differently Mihai plays it from the way I play it, and how special it is to have made a useful contribution to the music for the High Holidays (that can also be used for a memorial piece).

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