Jewish Folk Dance Suite
Composed by Phyllis Avidan Louke
For Flute Choir
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts
Jewish Folk Dance Suite is a collection of three Jewish folk songs:
Mayim, Mayim (“Water, Water”) This uptempo Jewish folk song (and folk dance) will make you want to get up and dance. In ancient Israel, farmers sang this song when they prayed for rain. This arrangement has interesting countermelodies in piccolo, alto and bass.
Hinei Mah Tov (“How Good It Is”) is a lovely folk song in 6/8 conducted in a slow 2, this movement has an interesting moving line in the bass flute and a charming sixteenth note countermelody in the piccolo. The translations of the lyrics of this song are “How good it is and how pleasant when brothers and sisters live together”.
Havah Nagilah (“Let’s Be Happy”) is a Jewish folk song and dance that is played at joyous occasions such as Jewish weddings, bar or bat mitzvahs (a Jewish boy or girl’s coming of age ceremony). The guests at these celebrations dance the “hora” to this song. The hora is a circle dance that usually starts out fairly slow, gradually getting faster and faster with each repeat until it ends (usually when the dancers are too tired to go any faster!) This arrangement evokes the mood of a celebration and begins almost ponderously with the bass flute and alto flute duet. Each repeat of the melody adds more instruments as the song gets faster and faster, finally climaxing with an exciting piccolo embellishment of the melody.
Scored for piccolo, 3 flutes, alto (C flute part included) & bass
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