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BLOCH

Nigun

FROM ‘MARA, MARIETTA’
Part One Chapter 3

Now shall I speak of how, in Bloch’s Nigun, over the piano’s rumbling resonance, praise and supplication flowed from your violin as you laid out a rhapsodic line? No, I’ll simply recall how your face glowed with a wild and tender beauty as you played.

Charles Zacherie Landelle, A Jewish Girl of Tangiers

Isidor Kaufmann, Portrait of a Rabbi

Shall I speak of how the fingers of your left hand rocked as they stopped the strings, inflecting a voice that continually shifted between joy and lamentation? No, I’ll simply mention that in the simultaneous sounding of transgression and transcendence, you made solemnity voluptuous and devotion ecstatic.