Osvaldo Golijov
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The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (1994)
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     See also: K'Vakarat
"Eight centuries ago Isaac The Blind, the great kabbalist rabbi of Provence, dictated a manuscript in which he asserted that all things and events in the universe are product of combinations of the Hebrew alphabet's letters: 'Their root is in a name, for the letters are like branches, which appear in the manner of flickering flames, mobile, and nevertheless linked to the coal.' His conviction still resonates today: don't we have scientists who believe that the clue to our life and fate is hidden in other codes? [continued...]
CATEGORIESChamber [without voice]; Soloist & Orchestra
INSTRUMENTATIONKlezmer Clarinet and String Quartet

Also available in a version for Klezmer Clarinet and String Orchestra. [Please note that for the string orchestra version, until 2009 only Todd Palmer or David Krakauer can be the soloist. The original string quartet version continues to be available for performance by anyone.]
WORLD PREMIERESchleswig Holstein Musik Festival; August 10 & 11, 1994

String orchestra version to be premiered by Todd Palmer and the Santa Rosa Symphony, Jeffrey Kahane conductor, during the 2005-06 season.
WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERSGiora Feidman and Cleveland Quartet
COMMISSIONCommissioned by Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the University Musical Society at Ann Arbor, and the Lied Center of Kansas.

String orchestra version commissioned by Magnus Opus Project; Founding Patron and Commissioner: Kathryn Gould. Project Development: Meet the Composer. Founding Orchestras: Marin Symphony; Oakland East Bay Symphony; Santa Rosa Symphony.
DEDICATIONTo Silvia Golijov
RECORDINGRecorded by Todd Palmer and the St. Lawrence String Quartet
Appears on album "Yiddishbbuk" [album details]

Recorded by David Krakauer and the Kronos Quartet
Appears on album "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind" [album details]
SCORE AVAILABILITYScore available for sale. Parts available for sale.  [more info]