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Shtil di nakht iz oysgeshternt is a famous partisan song, with lyrics by Hirsh Glik to a famous Russian folk tune.
Lucette van den Berg turned this song into a choirpiece for a 4-part female choir and tuned glass.
By using an 'orchestra' of glass as a 5th voice, which is played by the singers while singing, Lucette creates a magical atmosphere.
It shows the strength and at the same time the fragility of the young girl Vitka Kempner, a Jewish partisan who succeeded in ambushing a Nazi convoy. She symbolizes all women who in their own way stand powerfully for their beliefs.
Shtil, di nakht iz oysgeshternt
Shtil di nakht iz oysgeshternt
un der frozt hat shtark gebrent,
tsi gedenkstu vi ikh hob dikh gelernt,
haltn a shpayer in di hent.
A moyd, a peltsl un a beret,
un halt in hant fezt a nagan,
a moyd mit a zametenem ponim,
hit op dem soynes karavan.
Getsilt, geshozn un getrofn,
hot ir kleyninker piztoyl,
an oyto a fulinkn mit vofn,
farhaltn hot zi mit eyn koyl.
Fartog fun vald aroysgekrokhn,
mit shney girlandn oyf di hor,
gemutikt fun kleyninkn nitsokhn,
far undzer nayem frayen do
The Quiet Night is Full of Stars
The quiet night is full of stars
And the frost has strongly burned;
Do you remember how I have taught you
To hold a gun in the hand?
A girl, a fur coat and a beret
And holds in her hand tightly a Nagant (revolver)
A girl with a face as smooth as velvet
Holds up the enemy's caravan.
Aimed, fired and hit (its target)
Has her tiny pistol.
A vehicle filled with weapons
She has stopped with a bullet.
Before daybreak, she comes out of the forest
With snow garlands on her hair,
Encouraged by a minuscule victory
For our new, free generation.
Lucette van den Berg is one of the leading voices of a new generation of Yiddish
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....more