For String Orchestra / String Quartet / Solo Viola / Solo Violin / Solo Violoncello
The first version of Nigun was written in 1996, for string orchestra.
In this piece, I give expression to the tragic spirit that I feel in traditional Jewish music. However, there are no themes from traditional melodies in the piece. Rather, , the composition expresses the style and spiritual atmosphere of the ancient tunes.
The piece was premiered in Israel in 1997 by the Jerusalem Camerata, conducted by Horia Andreescu. Later it was performed by various orchestras in Israel and around the world.
In 1997, I prepared the version for solo violin. Unfortunately, this version has not yet been performed.
In 2008, I prepared the version for solo viola for the American violist Scott Slapin; he recorded it a few months later.
In 2010, I prepared the string quartet version for the Requiem CD (Atoll Records). This version is very similar to the 1996 version. However, I eliminated the contrabass part, and the opening unison of violas, violins and cellos I replaced with a violin solo. The piece was recorded by the Dominion String Quartet.
In 2017, I prepared the solo cello version for Israeli cellist Inbal Megiddo, who premiered it that autumn.
Below you can find recordings of various versions of Nigun.
Version for String Orchestra
Version for SOLO Viola
Samples from the "Requiem CD"
Dominion String Quartet
Donald Maurice, Viola
Yuri Gezentsvey, Violin
Rosemary Harris, Violin
David Chickering, Cello