About the Composition
Ernest Bloch’s From Jewish Life is a set of three short pieces, or movements, written by the composer in 1924 for the cellist Hans Kindler. The first of these, Prayer: Andante moderato, indeed has the flavor of a fervently sung prayer, or a hymn of petition, in a traditional Ashkenazi synagogue.
The initial four-note motive in the minor mode, together with its elaboration in the ensuing phrases, sounds as if it might have served as the skeletal model for Max Janowski’s (1912–1991) now well-known setting of the High Holyday prayer avinu malkenu in the abridged text adopted by American Reform liturgy for the High Holydays.
-Neil W. Levin.
About the Arrangement
Arranged for double bass and guitar by Luis G. Pérez in the key of E minor. The bass part lays in D minor and is intended to be played in solo tuning.