Violin & Piano
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About the work
Inspired by the Hungarian group Muzsikas and particularly their album The Lost Jewish Music of Transylvannia, Ritchie decided to adopt one of the Jewish melodies for Rhapsody. The melody is a Khosid Dance (a popular dance at Jewish weddings) and appears in the second half of the piece, played by the violin while the piano accompanies with cimbalom-like figuration. The melody becomes the subject of variations and is also mixed with fragments of earlier themes.
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