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By the Fireside

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Michael Drapkin

Michael Drapkin

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Drapkin Music Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

By the Fireside is a great addition to a December holiday concert or any program wanting to add a Jewish flavor to it. It is relatively short -- a little over two minutes long, but a lovely arrangement that starts out with solo flute.

Drapkin based this short band work on the classic Yiddish song Oyfn Pripetchik, which creates a distinct soundscape. Drapkin points out, “As is not unusual in songs from this area and culture, it has elements of sadness in it.” The opening statement is performed in the upper winds only, with the other instruments introduced in the second theme.

Premiered and performed in Denver by the Colorado Wind Ensemble, David Kish, artistic director.

- Program Note from publisher

This beautiful composition is based on a Yiddish song written by Russian-Jewish poet and composer Mark Markovich Warshawsky (1848-1907). Considered a classic of Yiddish folk song repertoire, the song tells the story of a teacher encouraging his young students to learn the Hebrew alphabet and the Torah.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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