Kol Nidrei

From Wind Repertory Project
Max Bruch

Max Bruch (arr. Jacco Nefs)

General Info

Year: 1881 / 2006
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Cello and orchestra
Publisher: Jacco Nefs
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00


Full Score
Solo Cello
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Solo B-flat Clarinet I-II
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 (also known as All Vows, the meaning of the phrase in Aramaic), is a composition for cello and orchestra written by Max Bruch (1838 - 1920).

Bruch completed the work in Liverpool, England, in 1880 and published it in Berlin in 1881. It was dedicated to and premiered by Robert Hausmann, who later co-premiered Johannes Brahms's Double Concerto with Joseph Joachim, the dedicatee of Bruch's most famous work, the Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor. Hausmann had requested such a cello work from Bruch.

It is styled as an adagio on two hebrew melodies for cello and orchestra with harp and consists of a series of variations on two main themes of Jewish origin. The first theme, which also lends the piece its title, comes from the Kol Nidre declaration, which is recited during the evening service on Yom Kippur. In Bruch's setting of the melody, the cello imitates the rhapsodic voice of the cantor who chants the liturgy in the synagogue. The second subject of the piece is quoted from the middle section of Isaac Nathan's arrangement of O Weep for Those that Wept on Babel's Stream, a lyric which was penned by Lord Byron in his collection Hebrew Melodies (which also includes the famous poem She Walks in Beauty).

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Adagio on Hebrew Melodies for Cello and Orchestra Op. 47.

- Program Note from score


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