04: Passover Songs for violin and piano

Passover Songs was composed at the request of Father Joseph Rudjak of Ss. Peter and Paul Church in North Canton, Ohio. Created for a fundraiser undertaken jointly with the North Canton Jewish Community to help defray hospital costs for a young girl with a life-threatening illness, it received premieres in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in North Canton. Two traditional Jewish folk songs, both used to describe the sections of the Passover seder, are alternated with original material also employed as counterpoint with the slower first song. The second song is fast and lively, and reflects the joy of the Passover holiday. The piece is dedicated to Father Joseph Rudjak.