Osvaldo Golijov (1960)

Lullaby and Doina (2001)

for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and double bass

  • General information
    • Composition date: 2001
    • Duration: 7 mn 30 s
    • Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
    • Commission: Boston Symphony Chamber Players
    • Dedication: à Anthony Fogg et aux Boston Symphony Chamber Players
Detailed formation
  • flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass

Premiere information

  • Date: April 2001

    États-Unis, Boston, Jordan Hall


    les Boston Symphony Chamber Players.


  • Le second violon est optionnel dans l'effectif.
  • Cette œuvre a été enregistrée sur l'album "Yiddishbbuk" (EMI Classics, 2002), par Tara O' Connor : flûte, Todd Palmer : clarinette, Mark Dresser : contrebasse et le quatuor à cordes St Lawrence.

Program note

This piece starts with a set of variations on a Yiddish lullaby that I composed for Sally Potter's film The Man Who Cried, set to function well in counterpoint to another important music theme in the soundtrack: Bizet's Aria Je Crois Entendre Encore, from The Pearl Fishers. In her film Sally explores the fate of Jews and Gypsies in Europe during the mid-years of the 20th century, through a love story between a Jewish young woman and a Gypsy young man. The lullaby metamorphoses into a dense and dark doina (a gypsy slow, rubato genre) featuring the lowest string of the violas. The piece ends in a fast gallop boasting a theme that I stole from my friends of the wild gypsy band Taraf de Haddocks.

Osvaldo Golijov, site internet du compositeur.