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.
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.