LKMP X131001/ HL 41473
Clarinet, Piano reduction from:Clarinet Solo (d BCl, opt): 2(1dPicc).2(1dEH).2.2: 18.104.22.168: Timp.Perc(1): Str
Recorded by Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Sperber, Orit Orbach (clarinet), Robert Starer, MMC CD 2048. Program notes by the composer: while all the thematic ideas in Kli Zemer are my own, they do lean toward the melodies of Eastern-European Jewish music which I have been familiar with since my childhood in Vienna and my youth in Jerusalem, the music played at weddings and similar occasions by a small group of musicians whose favorite instruments were the violin and clarinet. Kli Zemer, Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, is in four movements, the last two being played without a stop. The titles describe the moods of the different sections. T'filot (Prayers) begins with the clarinet alone in a meditative mood and slowly becomes more intense and ecstatic as a person in deep prayer would. The second movement is called Rikudim (Dances). At one point the clarinet is accompanied only by a bass fiddle and a drum, as it might be at a Jewish wedding. The third movement is called Manginot (Melodies). When I was a student at Tanglewood many years ago, Darius Milhaud said to me: "Always invent your own folk melodies." I listened to him and have followed his advice. Hakadashot (Dedications) concludes the work and, there is a reminiscence of the opening "prayers" just before the end.