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8.559699 - YEDIDIA, R.: Impromptu, Nocturne and World Dance (Fiterstein, Yedidia)

Ronn Yedidia (b. 1960)


Impromptu, Nocturne & World Dance

Impromptu, Nocturne & World Dance for clarinet and piano was commissioned in 2010 by the Weller family of the United Kingdom. To honor the birth of the family’s newborn twins, Yedidia was inspired to bring together a myriad of musical expressions within three different musical contexts:

I. Impromptu [6] is a lyrical romantic work that emerges from the spirit of improvisation. Similar to the language of Chopin’s impromptus, it forms a cohesive shape by developing its melodic themes and alluring textures.

II. Nocturne [4] pulsates slowly and powerfully from start to finish, expressing a brooding solitude and longing. Initially contained within a small musical structure, the Nocturne expands into a long journey in time via search and prayer.

III. World Dance [1] is an anthem of ethnic musical sources reflecting Yedidia’s many eclectic influences. He creates themes and variations on themes using Jewish, Arabic, Spanish, Bavarian and Balkan source material. World Dance celebrates universal unity and reflects on the constant presence of the graces and joys of life.

Farewell, Nathaniel
Note by Ronn Yedidia

On July 4, 2007, I lost one of my most beloved piano students and a precious friend and colleague, Dr Nathaniel Amadeus Yangco, to a tragic scuba diving accident in the Atlantic Ocean. I was shaken forever. Independence Day turned into a mourning day for me—for the rest of my life.

Nathaniel was one of a kind. Aside from the fact that he was a brilliant young ophthalmologist, an exquisite cook, and a central social figure among musicians and doctors alike, Nathaniel was a fantastic pianist with a boundless passion for the instrument and for any spectacle in music, be it classical or non-classical. We traded our proficiencies: he stored all my recorded music on his computer and duplicated it for me upon request, and I composed and arranged music for him whenever he expressed such a need. He loved the entertainment aspect in virtuoso piano music and had no fear of attempting anything he was drawn to, regardless of its difficulty.

I composed Farewell, Nathaniel [2] in homage to Nathaniel’s memory. It is scored for clarinet and piano in honor of Nathaniel’s father, Dr Bienvenido Yangco, who is a clarinetist. Alexander Fiterstein gave the work its world première at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall in the spring of 2008.


Composed in 1995, Poème [3] for clarinet and piano is Yedidia’s first major work for the clarinet. Romantic and impressionistic, Poème encompasses at least three different recurring melodic themes and their constant development. Each motive flows to the next, maintaining the work’s cohesion with a delicate sense of contrast. One theme is expansive and soaring, reminiscent of a Rachmaninoff piano concerto, whereas another theme is a simple and short ‘chanson’ tune. Juxtaposed within this group of melodic motives is a rhythmic dance. Poème concludes with a slow and soulful meditation followed by a cavalier allegro finale.

Poème was composed for the Yugoslavian clarinetist Darko Velichkovski who gave its première in 1996 with the composer at the piano.


Concertino for clarinet, string trio and piano was commissioned by Paula Sarnoff Oreck and written for clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein in early 2007. Concertino [5] is written in one continuous movement with several contrasting sections. The opening lyrical motive quickly escalates to the dynamic heights of the clarinet where it alternates between expressive melodic writing and rhythmic passage-work. The accompaniment offers symphonic depth and color and plays an important rôle in the frequent shifting from one mood to the next. Elements of European ‘chanson’, Mediterranean and Balkan dance, and Jewish and Gypsy klezmer music are all formative components in the piece.

Concertino is a dramatic work driven by relentless pulsation that eventually transforms into a rocking finale.

Notes (except Farewell, Nathaniel) by Meira Silverstein

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