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7.40pm, Traditional Klezmer tune for Violin and Clarinet Duet

By Traditional

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Clarinet, Violin, Violin and Clarinet Duet, Mixed Duet, String and Woodwind Duet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Traditional. Arranged by David McKeown. Folk, Israeli, Klezmer, Hanukkah, Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Score. 6 pages. Published by David McKeown (S0.854029).

Item Number: S0.854029

7.40pm is a traditional Russian Jewish tune, often performed by Klezmer musicians. This version is arranged as a duet for one Violin and one Clarinet.

It isn’t completely clear where the title 7.40pm comes from. One interpretation is that 7.40pm was the time the Odessa tram conductors finished work and danced to this tune. But there are versions titled 7.40am which may refer to the time of Jewish early morning prayers. Whatever the origin, there are several Russian recordings of 7.40pm that predate the 1917 revolution.

7.40pm is simply arranged in a key and range best suited to the instruments. After a slow and expressively beginning, the melody switches to dance tempo.  7.40pm is suitable for players at an intermediate level and above. With a performance time of a little over three minutes, this version of 7.40pm is perfect for recital and concert performances, both formal and informal. Click the link above to listen to a full Youtube performance of the Clarinet version of this duet.

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