Four staffs of music carry a musical violin/piano duet of the songs, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Tradition”. Within its musical, circle of life format, it is a warm, fanciful piece with representation of the “four ages of man”... infancy, youth, middle and old age.
Clockwise, near the treble and bass clefs, are Tevye and a friend, on their way to earn their daily bread. Beside them are two “infants”... a new son, and a new sewing machine. The baby, about to have his “bris” (ritual circumcision), is overlooked by the proud papa, in obvious discomfort, and worried mama who, with hand to face, is undoubtedly uttering an, “Oy, Vey!”
The “others” in the village are represented in solemn procession. Facing the priest, is Chava and her boyfriend. Chava’s back is to the torah, foretelling of her imminent abandonment of her faith. Running, towards adulthood, responsibility and the torah is a carefree young boy. Another marks his bar-mitzvah, representing the transition from youth to adulthood. The Rebbe watches carefully before him. Proud, supportive parents and grandparent “kvell” behind.
A large, festive wedding scene follows. The Rebbe, bride and groom are under the canopy, whilst friends and relatives holding candles join in celebration. Three bottle dancers add to the festivities. Around the center is a four-piece klezmer band playing trumpet, clarinet, bass and, of course, the fiddle.
In the core of the piece, is the embossing etching... an abstracted design containing two integrated elements. The first appears to be a sun rising (or is it setting) over a landscape... a symbol of renewed hope and faith. And yet, from a different angle, this same image appears as the head and wing of a chicken, representing rebirth. The other embossed design reads, “L’chaim”, “To Life”.19.5" x 19.5" ( * this piece is framed so that it can hangs on a diamond or a square, eight different ways )
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