Bitter Suite - Violin and Piano

Catalog: B3475

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This work for violin and piano by Martin Bresnick is a play on the words "suite" and "bittersweet."

Each of the four movements is based on a Yiddish folk song, which in English translate to On the Road, My Resting Place, Black Cat, and Dona, Dona. Each of the four pieces is primarily based on a Jewish folk song, but re-envisions them in a modern context, akin to Bartok and Kodaly.

The composer noted, “I found it a very challenging, yet touching way to remain in contact with some part of my own past that I don’t usually reveal.” The title references the difficult (bitter) and pleasant (sweet) aspects of experiencing the tumultuous history of a people through their folk music.

Table of Contents:
  • 1. Oyfn Veg (On the Road)
  • 2. Mayn Rue Plats (My Resting Place)
  • 3. Chorny Kot/Shvartse Kats (Black Cat)
  • 4. Dona, Dona
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Composer/Author: Bresnick, Martin
Catalog Number: B3475
Pages: 32