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Shlof mayn kind

by Lucette van den Berg

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In these challenging times, especially for a musician, it can be good thing to look back in the past. In which you can find the essence for the future.
 
With my new composition "Shlof mayn kind" I go back to the 1900's when Jews migrated from Europe to the US. Shlof mayn kind is based on a traditional Yiddish song with lyrics of Sholem Aleichem, in which a mother not only comforts her child, but also comforts herself. The song is part of the Ruth Rubin Archive.
I love the melody and the text, since for me it’s a testimony of women power, against all odds.
 
In this composition for 6-part a capella female choir with soloist, I have taken quotes from another traditional Yiddish lullaby, as well as from medieval choral singing, which evolves into a modern choral style as the text becomes more dramatic.
 
I recorded this song corona proof, since I sing all the parts of the choir (form low alto to soprano)  and of course the soloist part.
 
It's a song about hope, strength and believing in life and a good outcome.
Something we can all use in this time.

lyrics

Shlof mayn kind

Shlof mayn kind,
mayn treyst mayn sheyner
Shlof zhe, lyu-lyu-lyu!
Shlof mayn lebn,
mayn kadish eyner,
Lulinke lyu-lyu!

Bay dayn vigl zitst dayn mame,
Zingt a lid un veynt.
Vest a mol farshteyn mistame
Vos zi hot gemeynt

In Amerike iz der tate
Dayner zunenyu,
Du bist nokh a kind lesate,
Shlof zhe, zunenyu.

Dos Amerike is far yedn,
zogt men iz a glik,
Un far Yidn a gan-eydn,
Epes an antik.

Biz es kumt dos gute kvitl,
Shlof zhe zunenyu,
Slofn iz a tayer mitl,
Shlof zhe, shlof lyu-lyu.

Er vet shikn tsvanstik dolar
Zayn portret dertsu.
Un vet nemen, lebn zol er
Undz ahin tsu-tsu

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released October 21, 2020

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Lucette van den Berg Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lucette van den Berg is one of the leading voices of a new generation of Yiddish singers.

Lucette is a striking performer, with an exceptionally warm and expressive voice. Her unique repertoire includes new material produced by composers such as Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, Alan Bern (Brave Old World) and poet / composer Mikhoel Felsenbaum, as well as Yiddish compositions of her own.
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