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02/24/17

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Choral

Yiddish Choral Arrangements

Opera

[All pieces available from Mazic Music except where another publisher is indicated.]
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 2009 Coming in Thirds (piano solo) (4') Renée B. Fisher commission [ACA]

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 2009 Selah (percussion solo: vibraphone, glockenspiel, crotales) (6') [ACA]

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 2007 Etude with 'tude (piano solo) (4') [ACA]

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 2005 Just Keyboard Respect (piano solo) (4'15") [ACA]

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 2005 Randabout (one flutist switching among bass flute, alto flute, flute, and piccolo, mixing live and recorded performances) (15') commissioned by the Geraldine R. Dodge/American Music Center Live Music for Dance for Randy James Dance Works and Bart Feller

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 2004 Twilight Reverie (piano solo) (5') [ACA]

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 2004 S'lichah (organ solo) (2'50") [Zimbel Press]

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 2001 Quick Study (piano solo) (1’15”) [ACA]

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 2001 Here to Sing! (organ solo) (2')

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 1998 Tart Stylings (solo alto saxophone or bass clarinet) (6’40”) [ACA]

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 1996 On the Edges (piano solo) (9’30”)  [ACA] recorded by Peter Vinograde on Phoenix USA PHCD 149

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 1991 Piano Sonata (25’45”)
Moderato con sforzare (9’15”)
Sostenuto (6’)
Desto (2’)
Rubato; Energico
(8’30”)

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 1983 Keepsake (flute or saxophone alone) (3’45”) [ACA]

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 1975 Ascensus Detrahendus (piano solo) (12') [ACA]

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 1972 Episodes (organ solo) (15') [ACA]

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 1971 Paraphrases (flute alone)  recorded by James Winn on CRI SD 342 (re-released as New World NWCRL342) [Mobart Music]

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 1970 Retrogressive Study (piano solo) (2') [ACA]

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 1970 Focus: Magnifications for Solo 'Cello [Mobart Music]

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Small Ensembles

Solo

Large Ensembles

Choral

Yiddish Choral Arrangements

Opera

[All pieces available from Mazic Music except where another publisher is indicated.]
bullet  2016 Time Shares (mini-concerto for 3 solo French horns and horn quartet) (8'15") [ACA]
bullet  2015 Flute Fetish (flute choir) (7'30") [ACA] (synthesized recording) 
bullet  2015 Off the Wall (flute, bass trombone, 5 wood blocks  (or any semi-pitched uniform wood percussion) (3') [ACA]
bullet  2014 Feeling No Pain (clarinet quartet) (6'50") [ACA] (synthesized recording)
bullet  2012 Touching Bass (string bass and piano) (5'45") [ACA]
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 2011 Fair Winds (wind quintet) (9') [ACA] (synthesized recording)
Flourish (3'15")
Fanfare (2'15")
Divertimento (3'30")

bullet  2010 Recollections (trombone quintet adaptation) (5'40") [ACA]
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 2009 Fanfare for an Uncommon Time (2 Bb trumpets, 4 F horns, trombone, bass trombone/tuba, bass drum) (ca. 3') [ACA]   (synthesized recording)

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 2009 Time Shares (mini-concerto for 3 solo trumpets and 1 or 2 trumpet quartets) (8'15") [ACA]   (perusal score)  (synthesized recording) 

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 2008 Recollections (trumpet quintet) (5'40") commissioned by Tromba Mundi [ACA]   (perusal score) 

bullet  2007 By Way of Introduction (brass quintet) (45") [Imagine Music]
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 2007 Seven Minutes for Seven Players (percussion ensemble) (7') [ACA]

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 2006 String Quartet [on MSR Classics MS 1223] [ACA]
I. Sonata (9') (Nevsky String Quartet)
II. In memoriam September 11, 2001 (7')
(Nevsky String Quartet)
III. Scherzoid (4'45")
(Momenta)
IV. Small Fugue (9'15")
(Momenta)

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 2005 Stellar Mettle (brass quintet) (9') [ACA] commissioned by The Lone Star Brass (synthesized recording)
Flourish (3'15")
Fanfare (2'15")

Divertimento (3'30")

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 2004 Four Pieces After Rooseveltians for the Roosevelt Arts Project (saxophone quartet SATBar) (18’45”) [ACA]
Caprice (in memoriam Sol Libsohn) (5’45”)
Intermezzo (in memoriam Judy Trachtenberg) (4’30”)

Bagatelle (in memoriam Ed Schlinski) (2’45”)

Finale (in memoriam Bernarda Shahn) (5’45”)

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 2004 Assunpink Twilight (small wind ensemble: picc., 2 fl., 2 Bb cl., b. cl., a. sax., t. sax., Bb tpt., hn., tuba, chimes & triangle) (5') [ACA]

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 2004 Triarchy (C trumpet, violin, percussion (3 toms, 5tbs, vibes, sus cym, tri)) (8'30") [ACA]

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 2004 Jersey Sure (saxophone quartet SATBar) (4'30") for the NJ Saxophone Quartet [ACA]

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 2003 Renewal (trumpet and pipe organ) (5') [ACA]

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 2002 The Tale of the Scale (flute, clarinet/alto saxophone, bass trombone, percussion) (ca. 5’30”) [written for Tales and Scales]

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 2002 Two Emily Dickinson Settings (flute, clarinet or alto saxophone, bass trombone, vibraphone and triangle; English texts spoken by the instrumentalists) [written for Tales and Scales] (ca. 7’) [ACA]
I’ll Tell You How the Sun Rose (4’)
To Make a Prairie (3’)

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 2001 Menagerie (flute, soprano and piano; French texts by Robert Desnos*) (ca. 13’) [ACA]
L’Hippocampe [The Sea Horse] (1’45”)
Le Léopard [The Leopard] (2’30”)
Le Zèbre [The Zebra] (1’35”)
La Sauterelle [The Grasshopper] (45”)
Le Ver Luisant [The Glowworm] (3’45”)
La Fourmi
[The Ant] (2’)
*La Fourmi, La Sauterelle, Le Léopard, L’Hippocampe, Le Zèbre, and Le Ver luisant from Chantefables et Chantefleurs by Robert Desnos,
©Editions Gründ, Paris; used with permission.

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 1999 Festive Fanfare (brass quintet) (2’) [Ludwig Music]

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 1994 Shalom Rav (cantor (high voice) and SATB a cappella; Hebrew from the Reform Jewish liturgy) (3’) [ACA]

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 1994 Grant Us Peace (cantor and congregation; English from the Reform Jewish liturgy) (4’)

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 1994 Two Hannah Senesh Songs (soprano & piano; English) (4’45”)
Now (2’15”)
Harvest (2’30”)

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 1993 Quintifications (brass quintet) (4’15”) [ACA]

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 1970 Twilight Songs (flute and soprano; text by Peter Boffey) (5') [ACA]

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 1968 Two Short Duets (clarinet and 'cello) (3') [ACA]

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 1968 Reunion (flute duet) (8') [ACA]

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 1964 Two Short Duets for Two Flutes (3') [Imagine Music]

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Large Ensembles

Solo

Small Ensembles

Choral

Yiddish Choral Arrangements

Opera

[All pieces available from Mazic Music except where another publisher is indicated.]
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 2014 Civic Celebration (orchestra) (7') [ACA] [sound file is synthesized]

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 2009 Suite! (concert band) (ca. 9'30") winner, first annual Hal Campbell Composition Competition, Southern Utah University [sound files are synthesized]
I. Flourish (3'30")

II. Fanfare (2'15")

III. Divertimento (3'30")

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 2008 Cruzin' (alto saxophone and string orchestra) (ca. 13'30") [ACA] [sound files are synthesized]
I. Ostinato (4'20")
II. Aria (4'15")
III. Ritornello (4'15")

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 2006 All the Rage (wind ensemble) (ca. 21') [sound files are synthesized]
I. Snit (2'55”)
II. Grievance (3')

III. Gripe (3'20")

IV. Rant
(1'40")
V. Funk (2’25”)
VI. Fit (1'40")

VII. Outburst (1’)

VIII. Whine
(2')
IX. Tantrum
(2’15”)

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 2005 (rev. 2012) Beside the Still Waters (concert band) (8'15") commissioned by the Rutgers Symphony Band, Dr. William Berz, Conductor [ACA]

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 2004 Raritonality (wind ensemble) (2'15") commissioned by the Rutgers Wind Ensemble, Dr. William Berz, Conductor

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 2004 Hoboken Vignettes (wind ensemble) (13'10") [ACA]
I.  Rush Hour at Hoboken Terminal (3')

II. Sunrise Over Castle Point (3'30")

III. Spring Sunday in Sinatra Park (3'40")

IV. Festive Day on Washington Street (3')

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 2003 North Country Dance (string orchestra) (3') [Imagine Music]

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 2002 Shir Kinah: Elegy for victims of terrorism (string orchestra) (8’) [ACA] [on MSR Classics MS 1223]

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 2002 Susquehanna Sunset (orchestra: 2112/2121/3 perc./strings) (5’) [ACA]

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 2002 Festive Flourish (concert band, commissioned by the Sandusky New Music Festival) (2’)  [Imagine Music]

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 2001 Introduction and Fugue (string orchestra) (6’) [ACA] [on MSR Classics MS 1223]

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 2001 Shpatsír (string orchestra) (3’45”) [Ludwig Music] [on MSR Classics MS 1223]

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 1999 Theme Song (string orchestra) (2’) [Imagine Music] [on MSR Classics MS 1223]

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 1995 Out of the Wilderness (string orchestra) (14’30”) [ACA] [on MSR Classics MS 1223]
Andante
Largo

Scherzo

Finale

Coda

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 1993 Note One Sentiment for Tribute (concert band) (6’30”)

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 1965 Marche Comique (concert band) (3') [ACA]

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Choral

Solo

Small Ensembles

Large Ensembles

Yiddish Choral Arrangements

Opera

[All music SATB a cappella. All pieces available from Mazic Music except where another publisher is indicated.]

 Now available on Because, MSR Classics MS 1146.

English Choral Compositions

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The Four Freedoms (text from the 1941 State of the Union address by Franklin Delano Roosevelt) (7'20") (2014) for men's chorus  (TTBB) [ACA]

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Laughing Song (text by William Blake) (3’) (1995) A flirtatious, rhythmically eccentric setting of one of Blake’s Songs of Innocence. [ACA]

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Grow Old Along With Me (text by R. Browning) (3’30”) (1998) A romantic, harmonically rich setting of excerpts from two Robert Browning poems. [ACA]

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Because (text by Elizabeth Barrett Browning) (6’) (1999) A dramatic setting of Sonnet XXXIX From The Portuguese. [ACA]

Hebrew Choral Compositions

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 Proverbs for Four at Fifty (texts from Mishle (Book of Proverbs)) (9’) (1998) Settings of four proverbs commemorating fiftieth birthdays. [ACA]
Recorded live in concert by Volti San Francisco at All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto CA, 11/15/09

Oz V’Hadar L’Vushah [Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles confidently at the future.] (31:25)

L’Khah Nirveh Dodim Ad HaBoker [Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us delight ourselves with love.] (7:18)

D’rakheyha Darkhey Noam [Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all of her paths are peace.] (3:17)

Reyshit Khakhmah [The beginning of wisdom is: Get wisdom: therefore use all of your means to acquire understanding.] (4:7)

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 Ani L'Dodi V'Alay T'shukato [I am my beloved’s, and his desire is towards me] (text from Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs)) (1’) (1998) An epigram from the Song of Songs set as a processional. [ACA]

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 Kol Dodi [Voice of My Beloved] (text from Shir HaShirim) (7’15”) (1997) An extended choral setting of a collection of quotations from the Song of Songs. [ACA]

Yiddish Choral Compositions

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 Mir zaynen do tsu zingen! [We’re Here to Sing!] (2’) (1996) Written as a theme song for Di Goldene Keyt, The Yiddish Chorale in a lively, rhythmically eccentric tonal style. Now available on The Year in Yiddish Song, Centaur Records CRC 2611.

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 Shtiler, shtiler [Hush] (text by Mani Leib) (3’30”) (1992) From one of the master American poets writing in Yiddish, a poem inspired by the celebration of Rosh HaShanah (the Jewish New Year) that warns of false Messiahs. [ACA]

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 Doyres fun der tsukunft [Future Generations] (text by Avrom Reisen) (2’) (1993) A claim for respect and an admonition against smugness from one generation to the next, from one of the most beloved of Yiddish poets. [ACA]

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 Gebet [Prayer] (text by Avrom Reisen) (3’30”) (1995) A prayer for the strength, wisdom, and ability to fight evil and turn the world into a better place. [ACA]

 

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Yiddish Choral Arrangements

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[SATB a cappella for moderate (M) and advanced (A) levels]

Now available on The Year in Yiddish Song, Centaur Records CRC 2611.

Since I am not a native Yiddish speaker, I can identify with the audience that wants to make a connection to the music but doesn’t understand the words. In my arrangements, I try to illuminate the text by using English translations ― but only if and when they contribute to the flow of the song ― and by employing musical means that support the structure of the poetry and the meaning of the lyric to convey a sense of the text even to people who don’t speak Yiddish.

Many of these arrangements are published by Carl Fischer [CF], Transcontinental Music [TM], or ECS Publishing [ECS].

Autumn

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 Harbstlid [Autumn Song] (M) (Words and Music by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish (3’20”) [ECS] A reflective arrangement of a song by one of today’s most active and prestigious Yiddish poets.

Chanukah

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 Ikh bin a kleyner dreydl [I Am a Little Dreydl] (M) (Ben Aaron/Mikhl Gelbart, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish & English (1’15”) [CF CM8524 (listed under the English title)] A lively and playful arrangement of a Chanukah favorite.

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 O, ir kleyne likhtelekh [O, You Little Candles] (M) (Morris Rosenfeld, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish (3’30”) [ECS] Rosenfeld’s classic song that uses the image of the Chanukah candles to illuminate the struggles of the Jewish people against the backdrop of victory in the Chanukah story.

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 Fayer, fayer [Fire, Fire!] (A) (Vladimir Heifetz, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish (1’) [ECS] A delightful, simple song arranged as an energetic madrigal.

Purim

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 Urim-burim (A) (I. Kaminski/Mikhl Gelbart, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish (2’) A spirited arrangement of a joyous song.

Passover

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 Zog, Maran [Tell Me, Marrano] (M) (Avrom Reisen/Shmuel Bugatch, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish & English (2’) [ECS] A courageous story of how the festival of freedom was celebrated in a time of oppression. Written for Judith Clurman to be performed at her Passover concert at the Ninety-Second Street Y.

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance)

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 Dolye mayne, dolye [My Fate] (A) (Itsik Manger/S. Beresovsky, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish (3’45”) [TM] An anguished experience of the Holocaust, by perhaps the greatest of the Yiddish poet-troubadours.

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 Unter dayne vayse shtern [Under Your White Stars] (A) (Avrom Sutzkever/Avrom Brudno, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish (3’15”) [ECS] A desperate prayer by a great Yiddish poet, underscored by biting harmonies.

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 Vilne (M) (A. L. Wolfson/Alexander Olshanetsky, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish (4’15”) [ECS] A remembrance of Vilna.

Independence Day

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 Amerike di prekhtike [America the Beautiful] (M) (Katherine Lee Bates/Samuel Ward (after Materna), Yiddish: Berl Lapin, arr. Mark Zuckerman) English & Yiddish (2’) A rousing arrangement of the patriotic standard, with the first verse in English and in Yiddish translation celebrating the Jewish immigrants’ devotion for their new land of freedom. First performed at Lincoln Center, this arrangement was chosen to end the Town Hall commemoration of the Jewish Forward’s centenary.

Courtship

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 Tum-balalayke (M) (Traditional) Yiddish (2’) [ECS] A playful arrangement of the famous riddle song.

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 Bay mir bistu sheyn [I Think You’re Terrific] (A) (J. Jacobs/Sholom Secunda, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish (3’) The Yiddish Theater song, in a virtuosic arrangement that pays tribute to the Andrews Sisters, the group that made it part of American culture.

Anniversaries

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 Akhtsik er un zibitsik zi [Eighty He and Seventy She] (M) (M. M. Warshawsky, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish (1’50”) [ECS] A song about a fiftieth anniversary celebration of a contented marriage.

Twilight

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 O kum shoyn shtiler ovnt [Evening Song] (M) (Daniel Charney, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish (2’) [ECS] A peaceful song of a country twilight.

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 Di zun vet aruntergeyn [The Sun Will Set] (M) (Moshe Leib Halpern/Ben Yomen, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish (2’45”) [TM] A simple arrangement of a sweet song about dusk, with metaphorical undertones.

Labor Songs

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 In kamf [In Struggle] (M) (David Edelstadt, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish (1’45”) [ECS] A fierce song about workers’ struggles.

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 Mayn rue-platz [My Resting Place] (M) (Morris Rosenfeld) Yiddish (2’30”) [TM] The classic sweatshop love song.

Second Avenue

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 Dona, dona (A) (Aaron Zeitlin/Sholom Secunda, arr. Mark Zuckerman) Yiddish & English (3’15”); Yiddish only (2’15”) The ironic, philosophic song, known as a folksong all over the world, in the original Yiddish.

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