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Max Bruch: Kol Nidre for solo double bass (arranged by Alden Cohen)

Max Bruch: Kol Nidre for solo double bass (arranged by Alden Cohen)

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From Alden

It has always been a goal of mine to perform this piece during the Yom Kippur Eve at a synagogue.  Since 2017, I’ve been performing the first half of Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidre” with a harpist for my synagogue (Temple Beth Abraham (in Oakland)). Last year, I was unable to perform with a harpist due to COVID precautions, which inspired me to combine the accompanying and solo part into an unaccompanied bass solo. 

A dictionary definition of the piece: a liturgical prayer for recitation at the beginning of the service on the eve of Yom Kippur asking that all unfulfilled vows to God be nullified and all transgressions are forgiven.

About the arrangement

This arrangement excludes the second half of Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidre,” which is when the harp enters in the orchestra edition, arriving at a major key.  This theme and section of the movement could be thought of as Yom Kippur day when all is forgiven and we’ve reached the “light” at the end of the tunnel.

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