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Doina for Cello
By Racheli Galay
Title: Doina Composer: Folk Song (Traditional Klezmer Tune) Instrument:Violoncello Edited By:Racheli Galay Instrumentation:Solo Pages: 2 A doina (also doine, dojna) is a
vocal and instrumental idiom of the upland Romania, bearing Turkish
influences. This genre was also popular among Jewish East-European
musicians, the klezmorim. Klezmer music had two functions: “music for
dance,” performed at weddings and celebrations, and “music for
listening” that evoked a reflective moment. A doina is a listening
piece. Traditionally performed by the leader of the klezmer group, the
doina is a soloistic piece, usually featuring one instrument with a
simple drone-like accompaniment. This particular doina, also titled
Taxim in some editions, is followed by a lively part. It appears as no.
20 in the Russian ethnographer Moshe Beregovski’s collection Jewish
Instrumental Folk-Music (Kiev, 1987).
Performance suggestion: In the second section, a tambourine
and/or piano playing rhythmic chords may be added to the cello’s melody.
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