ACHO'T KETAN'A - Little Sister - 2000
for 3 solo violins, soprano and string orchestra with clarinet
Commissioned by the Yehudi Menuhin Memorial Foundation - USA, 2000
Publisher: Israel Music Institute 2000 IMI 7439
Duration: 6'20 minutes

A New year prayer written in the thirteenth century by Avraham Gerondi of the Catalonian town of Herona. The "little sister" is a symbol of the soul of the world, the people of Israel.

The Soprano part is based upon a traditional anonymous setting of this prayer, written probably towards the end of the 16th century, which is sung by Florentine Jews on Rosh Hashana.

This tune is fused into the dense texture of the String Orchestra, while the three solo violins draw, like a remote reminiscence, torn fragments from the opening chords of the Chaconne from the Partita number 2 for solo violin by J.S. Bach.

The work was commissioned in 2002 by the "Yehudi Menuhin Foundation" and is dedicated to the memory of the great violinist.

Acho't Ketana' Little Sister

Achot ketana tefiloteha The little sister prepares her prayers
Orcha ve'ona tehiloteha And intones her praises.
El na refa na le'machaloteha O God, we beseech Thee,
Tichle shana ve'kileloteha Heal now her infirmities.
El na refa na le'machaloteha May the year and its misfortunes
Tichle shana ve'kileloteha. Now cease altogether.

Listening Samples

CD: EMI , The Czech Republic Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor Lukas Fos.

ACHO'T KETANA' (6.3MB 6:55 min.)

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