Hsinchu Khosidl is one of my new Klezmer-compositions for recorder ensemble. Hsinchu Khosidl is dedicated to Meng-Heng Chen. Meng-Heng Chen is an amazing recorder teacher from Taiwan. In November 2017 we visited Hsinchu and we were amazed by the work Meng-Heng Chen is doing with her orchestra’s. Therefor I decided to compose a Klezmer melody based on an Asian pentatonic scale dedicated to Meng-Heng Chen. This composition is a mixture between Klezmer-feel and Asian pentatonic melodies.
Jewish music like this is not to be played from beginning till end with only set notes. Jewish music offers space for personal freedom and interpretation. Therefor you will not find any dynamics in this arrangement. Please feel free to add your own dynamics and make it your own interpretation. Jewish music also contains improvisation. This composition offers the chance to do so. The bars 93-100 can be repeated as often as you like. In these bars there is room for improvisation with the Pentatonic scale in C. I recommend all voices taking turns to make an improvisation while the other voices play the steady accompaniment.
Beginning on C, the Pentatonic scale is:
C – D – E – G – A – C
Improvisation may seem scary at the beginning but remember you can use all the notes of this scale. Just experiment with it and it will give you a nice Klezmer-like sound quite soon.
Please Note: Accidentals like the a-flat and d-flat in bar 21 are intended. These are different scales (klezmer scales and pentatonic scales) and therefor have different accidentals than the traditional classical music scales. Please be aware of this.
For a Klezmer-feel you can also insert additional techniques like flutter tongue, sputato etc. Feel free to experiment with this. Remember Jewish music is also about taking your own freedom!
I hope you enjoy Hsinchu Khosidl!
Nordhorn, March 2019