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Trained in Russia, Zeitlin (1884a€“1930) was an accomplished composer, conductor, performer, and pedagogue. In writing Palestina, Zeitlin, as he had done during his entire career, was fulfilling the goals of the Society for Jewish Folk Music, which he joined in 1908 while still a student at the St. Petersburg Conservatory: to compose and perform works of art music on motivic material drawn from Jewish cantillation, liturgy, and folk song. In addition to employing two modes central to Jewish music and several Jewish tunes, in Palestina Zeitlin actually imitates the shofar calls heard in the synagogue before and during Rosh Hashanah and at the conclusion of Yom Kippur. This edition includes an extensive essay on the composer and on the themes and structure of Palestina, with insights into the Capitol Theatre and the role of music in picture palaces of this era.In the edition, the notes of the organ have been redistributed as needed for two manuals and pedal. ... The old theater organs are the stuff of legend.5 Since they were used to accompany silent movies, their architecture is explicitly orchestral: ... The Estey organ at the Capitol also had numerous percussion stops, including various drums, cymbals, harp, piano, and one intriguingly called a€œChinese Gong.

Author:Leo Zeitlin
Publisher:A-R Editions, Inc. - 2014-11-01


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