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Joel Engel: Jewish Folksongs Volume III

Hosted By: YIVO

Join us for a performance of Joel Engel’s Jewish Folksongs Volume III (c. 1920): 10 Yiddish folksongs, dances, and Hasidic nigunim in virtuosic piano arrangements. Together with volumes I and II (featured by YIVO in November 2020), Engel’s arrangements were the first classical compositions to feature Yiddish folksongs. His use of Yiddish folk music in his compositions proved to be influential and inspired the Society for Jewish Folk Music and the composers affiliated with it to create a vast oeuvre of similar work. Engel’s work also provided a source for a variety of other composers who used Yiddish folksongs in their music including, famously, Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, whose second theme is taken from the second song of Volume I from this collection.

This collection of 10 pieces will be performed by pianist Thomas Kotcheff. Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series. The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the Estate of Sidney Krum. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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