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Clara Schumann was an extraordinary woman. prodigiously talented, she was the first female concert pianist, an remarkable composer and carried the musical legacy of her husband Robert Schumann. Clara composed her Three Romances Op. 22 in 1852–1853 for the renowned violinist Joseph Joachim, a personal friend of the Schumanns. They were among the last pieces Clara Schumann published.
Ernest Bloch - Nigun
"A nigun opens windows in the soul"
In 1923 Bloch composed a short, three-movement suite in honor of the famous Polish rabbi Baal Shem Tow. Nigun is a melody from Kabbalistic/Chassidic tradition, usually without words. For me this piece is a prayer of lamentation. It is considered a path to higher consciousness and change of self.
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