Eli Zion

By Linda Phillips

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Violin and piano, c.3'00.  Advanced grade (8th)

Eli Zion is the last Jewish liturgical poem in the Ashkenazi collection of kinot (which means a collection of mournful poems) and is customarily sung in a recitative style by the whole community. In this poem the poet turns to Zion, likening her to a woman who has suffered both destructive and redemptive pain. Taken as a whole, the poem is a mournful call out to Zion to lament her tragic destruction. To conjure this mournful call, are the sounds of howling, weeping and sighing.” Phillips wrote this one movement work for violin and piano as a series of statements and refrains, almost like variations on the sung theme.

Edited by Jeanell Carrigan

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