It was the middle of the nineties, when my collection “Twelve Jewish Melodies for Male Choir a Cappella” were edited by the Compozitor Publishing House o Saint-Petersburg. Among the arrangements entering this collection there was the composition “Ale Brider” (“All Brothers”).
Two years later I made the new version of this creation, which was distinct for its extended structure and unrestrained expansion, being intended for mixed choir a cappella. The December, 2000, was remarkable for me because of my personal concert having taken place at the St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Grand Hall called “Ale Brider”.
That time I responded to it in the booklet as follows: “I have a good mind to declare: — People, we are all — brothers! — the orthodox, the Jews, the Catholics, the Muslims, yes, we are all — brothers! This should be repeated, repeated and repeated… for prayers do not grow mould of reiteration”.
Five years passed since that time… And again I appeal to the theme of universal fraternity. This burning problem stirs me up, dwelling in me and provoking every molecule of mine.
You are welcome to look through the Fantasy for Male Choir and Piano. I call it "All Brider" ("All Brothers").