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Op. 23e - hatzlacha Rabbah!!!

for Two Violas


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Program Notes: Composed in 2011, Hatzlacha Rabbah!!! was originally written as a viola duo as a graduation present for two friends and colleagues, Ariana Solotoff and Jenni Seo. It has since grown to include many arrangements including Viola and Piano, Viola and Strings, ’Cello Duo, Viola and Viola Choir and Clarinet Quartet. Using Ms. Solotoff’s Jewish heritage as a vehicle for inspiration, Hebraic-tinged folk melodies pervade the work and the harmonic language and accompanimental patterns seek to capture the character of the ancient Israelite. As these two very talented violists embarked on their journey to Julliard for undergraduate studies, I wanted to wish them the best of luck and named the piece after the Hebrew phrase ‘Hatzlacha Rabbah,’ translated “To Much Success.”

Performance History:

-May 13th, 2011; Senior Recital; Oneonta Congressional Church; South Pasadena, California – 7PM

-May 14th, 2011; Senior Recital; Oneonta Congressional Church; South Pasadena, California – 7PM

-May 25th, 2011; Music at MiMoDa – Paper or Plastik Cafe; West Los Angeles, California – 8PM

-August 28th, 2012; Fà2 (Folie à Deux); Private Recital; New York, New York – 7PM

-August 31st, 2012; Fà2 (Folie à Deux); All Saints Church; Long Island City, New York – 7:30PM

-September 1st, 2012; Fà2 (Folie à Deux); Meadow Ridge Assisted Living; Redding, Connecticut – 7PM

-October 28th, 2012; Fà2 (Folie à Deux); Wilton Library – The Brubeck Room; Wilton, Connecticut – 4PM

-April 18th, 2013; Los Jueves Musicales; Palacio de Congresos of La Línea de la Concepción; Cádiz, Spain

-February 5th, 2014; Glendale Noon Concerts; First Baptist Church; Glendale, California – 12PM

-December 3rd, 2017; Slapin-Solomon Duo; South Hadley Public Library; South Hadley, Massachusetts


George N. Gianopoulos


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