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As of Me and of Mine | for Baritone, Trombone, Trumpet and Bass Clarinet (2021) 13’

Revised version written for the New Music New Haven concert series. The piece was originally written for loadbang (


Jared Swope, Baritone

Lloyd Van't Hoff,

Bass Clarinet Shania Cordoba,

Trumpet Addison Maye-Saxon,


Trombone Morse Hall, New Music New Haven, Yale School of Music November 4 , 2021

As of Me and of Mine began in a second-hand book sale in Tel Aviv, where, browsing through dusty boxes, I found a book of "120 Chassidic Melodies". This slim collection, published presumably in 1947, was assembled by Joachim Stutchewsky (1891-1982), a Ukraine-born Israeli cellist, composer, and musicologist, and includes his transcriptions of the Nigunim (melodies) of various eastern European Jewish communities. Later at home, leafing through book, I realized to my surprise that I did not know any of the melodies in the book. And yet, the loose, recitative-like improvisatory melodic contours and dancing rhythms seemed uncannily familiar to me and reminded me of much of the Jewish and Israeli music I know and love. May I claim these unknown-yet-familiar melodies as my own, I wondered? As of Me and of Mine is my response to this question.

"Ever since I was a child these songs have stirred me strangely. They came out of the South unknown to me, one by one, and yet at once I knew them as of me and of mine." -

W.E.B. Du Bois,

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