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Dybbuk Variations

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Kenneth M. Snoeck

Kenneth M Snoeck

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00; (digital) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Chimes
  • Concert Bass Drum
  • Concert Toms
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Piccolo Snare Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The word "dybbuk" is from European-Jewish folklore, meaning a possessing, sometimes malevolent spirit, which has not been able to fulfill its function in its lifetime. Here a workhorse tune, the most prosaic of musical forms, a school fight song, gets an opportunity to live a much more varied and expressive existence, one that it did not have the chance to live in its former "life." While never stated literally, the theme and its deconstructed motives are used to provide compositional motivation, always in a hidden or disguised form and in a hopefully somewhat unusual or even subverted way.

The individual variations are subtitled With Urgency; Sassy; Deliberately, with Pent Anger; Seductively; and With Energy.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: V


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