watch two minutes of excerpts from the premiere:
1. The Return
“The Seven Little Lanes” is inspired by the memoirs of the Vilna-born poet and writer Chaim Grade (1910-1982). Grade escaped the Holocaust and resettled in New York, but his mother and first wife perished in it. In Grade’s “Seven Little Lanes” (published as part of “My Mother’s Sabbath Days”, 1955), he writes about returning to the Vilna Ghetto, reconnecting with survivors who knew his family, recounting the horror of perseverance and of staying in place, he visits old synagogues, the single remaining one and all others inescapable from memory, with everything culminating in the Neilah, the final prayer of the Yom Kippur service — there is so much more, but you really should read the book instead of my poor-man’s retelling. (The original was written in Yiddish, and I’m aware of translations published in English and Russian.)
My composition, for fadolín and accordion, in seven short movements mirroring Grade’s literary form, offer musical portraits of the Vilna Ghetto, inspired by Grade’s recollections and my own walks. It is a concert piece written as incidental music to a theater play, hoping that one day “Seven Little Lanes” will be adapted as such.
I am very grateful to Musika Erdvėje for the commision, the idea of writing a site-specific work and support of the premiere, and to accordionist Agnė Dukštaitė for her artistry and input.
|INSTRUMENTATION||fadolín and accordion|
|WORLD PREMIERE||September 9, 2021
Holocaust Exposition (The Green House), Vilnius LT
|WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERS||Ljova (fadolín)
Agnė Dukštaitė (accordion)
|OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES||
|RECORDING||not yet – but see excerpts from the premiere, in the video above|
|SCORE AVAILABILITY||All arrangements are available for sale via PDF or mail delivery; arrangements for combinations not listed above may be commissioned on request. [contact for more info]|