Wavelength Winds recording project with Arnold Kirshenbaum
Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li
Ani L'dodi V'dodi Li, Arnold Kirshenbaum’s first wind quintet, was written in 2015 and dedicated to his wife of 20 years, Vivian Kirshenbaum. The title comes from King Solomon’s Song of Songs Chapter 6:3, "I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is Mine." This song is read during Passover, and it demonstrates G-d’s love for the Jewish people, much like the unending love a husband has for his wife.
The piece opens with solo oboe, a singing solitary heartbeat. A couple’s duet is heard soon after between the flute and oboe, and then the flute and clarinet. Firmly rooted in A minor, the opening theme blossoms into a full quintet chorale that is reminiscent of Pachelbel’s fugal writing. Each player takes part in the running sixteenth note lines to create a composite rhythmic flow.
A few minutes into the quintet, there is a sense of tension and yearning in the fortissimo writing and syncopated phrase endings. This subsides into a tranquil trio chorale between oboe, clarinet, and bassoon which reflects the beauty of a life well-lived alongside a life-long partner. The quintet consort returns with new melodic ideas to illustrate the joyful vibrancy and spontaneous nature of relationships. In the end, the listener returns to a state of repose in the closing A minor chords.
Ani L'dodi V'dodi Li does a beautiful job setting the timeless words of King Solomon to music. When reflecting on the personal meaning of the song and the influence his Jewish heritage had on the composition, Kirshenbaum said, “The music was inspired by King Solomon’s Song of Songs and the verse: “I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is Mine”, which we read during the holiday of Passover. This song and the holiday of Passover demonstrates G-d’s infinite love for the Jewish people, much as the boundless love a husband has for his wife on their wedding night. For Vivian and myself, our faith in G-d and our beliefs move our relationship forward, keep us together and longing for each other. There is no greater blessing than to have this relationship and watch the family, your own children, grandchildren and more, continue the same way of life and traditions. Vivian and I are truly blessed and wish all others the same, from these timeless words of King Solomon and music set to his words.”
Wavelength Winds collaborated with local composer Arnold Kirshenbaum to record his first wind quintet, Ani L'dodi V'dodi Li. Written in 2015, the piece is dedicated to his wife. The title comes from the popular Song of King Solomon Chapter 6:3, "I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is Mine." The piece was recorded in May 2019.
Arnold Kirshenbaum, MD is a board certified, practicing and research allergist/immunologist with numerous publications beginning in 1986, when he began his immunology fellowship and career at the National Institutes of Health. His musical interests date back to high school, the Rhode Island youth orchestra and Providence College where he performed in the orchestra and marching band.
For the past five years, Dr. Kirshenbaum has focused on composition and is currently studying college level music theory and composition with a well-known and published choral and orchestral music teacher, Joshua Fishbein. To date, Dr. Kirshenbaum has composed quartets and quintets for strings, woodwinds and brass. March Sousa was performed by the University of Maryland Marching Band in 2016 and Northwood High School in 2015. Priestly Blessing was recorded in 2017 for chorus and piano. His latest and first full orchestra work, Festival of Lights Medley, was composed at the request of the SSO, and was performed at the December holiday season concert in Belair, Md. Dr. Kirshenbaum is currently working on his next full orchestra work.
Dr. Kirshenbaum lives with his wife Vivian in Silver Spring, Maryland. Together they have six children and 25 grandchildren living in the US and Israel.
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