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Paula Eisenstein Baker presents Leo Zeitlin Rediscovered
Jewish Community Center
Houston, TX
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Paula Eisenstein Baker presents Leo Zeitlin Rediscovered
While living in Vilna in 1922-23, composer Leo Zeitlin (1884-1930) created three declamations (Russian "melodeklamatsiia") on Yiddish poems, a genre popular in 19th and 20th century Russia in which text is recited or read while music is played; think "Peter and the Wolf." (These are the ONLY declamations we know of that employ Yiddish texts.) Two of them were premiered by his actress-singer wife, Esther Setitskaia, on a concert given in Vilna in March 1922. This program will present a performance by Sidney Berger and Robert Nelson of two of the declamations, using the edited versions of the works that appear in the newly published volume "Leo Zeitlin, Chamber Music" (A-R Editions, Inc., 2009, edited by Paula Eisenstein Baker and Robert S. Nelson). Robert will present a brief analysis of the music, showing how Zeitlin continued into the 1920s to employ Jewish motivic material in composing: Susan Ganc will discuss the poems in the context of the texts Zeitlin chose to employ in composition (most of them texts of Yiddish songs); there will be a brief discussion of Zeitlin's career and the story of uncovering the author of the poems Zeitlin used for the declamations (the manuscript scores provide only his nom de plume, "M. Ben-Zion).



Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd.
Houston, TX 77096
United States

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