Eric Whitacre: Five Hebrew Love Songs (Score)

Books | Soprano, Violin, Piano Chamber, Tambourine

Publisher: Chester Music
Composer: Eric Whitacre
Format: Sheet Music | Score

Arranged for Soprano voice, Violin and Piano.
Violin part available separately: CH75240-01.

Note from the composer:

In the spring of 1996, my great friend and brilliant violinist Friedemann Eichhorn invited me and my girlfriend-at-the-time Hila Plitmann (a soprano) to give a concert with him in his home city of Speyer, Germany. We had all met that year as students at the Juilliard School and were inseparable. Because we were appearing as a band of travelling musicians, 'Friedy' asked me to write a set of troubadour songs for Piano, Violin and Soprano. I asked Hila (who was born and raised in Jerusalem), to write me a few 'postcards' in her native tongue, and a few days later she presented me with these exquisite and delicate Hebrew poems. I set them while we vacationed in a small skiing village in the Swiss Alps, and we performed them for the first time a week later in Speyer.

In 2001, the University of Miami commissioned me to adapt the songs for SATB chorus and string quartet, and the Efroni Choir in Israel commissioned me to adapt them for SA, Violin and Piano, leaving me now with five(!) different versions of the same work: SATB and String Quartet; SATB, Violin, and Piano; SA and String Quartet; SA, Violin, and Piano; and the original Soprano, Violin, and Piano.

Each of the songs captures a moment that Hila and I shared together. "Kalá kallá" (which means 'light bride') was a pun I came up with while she was first teaching me Hebrew. The bells at the beginning of "Éyze shélleg" are the exact pitches that awakened us each morning in Germany as they rang from a nearby cathedral.

These songs are profoundly personal for me, born entirely out of my new love for this soprano, poet and now my beautiful wife, Hila Plitmann.

Eric Whitacre

ISBN: 9781849385251
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
Published on: 04 March 2010
No of pages: 16
Language: English
Catalogue No: CH75240

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        Musicroom Reviews

        Beautiful group of soprano songs which came very promptly. Only slight criticism is that there is no seperate violin part, it is written in the score above the piano part but you have to pay for a seperate violin part if required (or write it out yourself!) but apart from that, excellent!
        Anonymous - (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
        Beautiful, clean score. Would have liked to have included the original Hebrew in addition to the transliteration. Most importantly, I did not learn that the violin part needed to be purchased separately until I saw the statement in the music. Inclusion of an obbligato part would be expected in the USA. 'Separate purchase required' should be clearly indicated on the purchase page so that both can be purchased at once. Postal delivery was exactly during the expected time frame.
        Anonymous - (Somerville, United States)

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