for mixed choir a cappella

“Tumbalalayka” is one of the most performed and beloved Yiddish folksongs. This choral setting employs the use of instrument-like sounds imitating the strumming of the balalayka, a Russian folk instrument similar to a guitar, and contrasts the upbeat “Tumbalalayka” refrain with dark harmonic colors and occasional smooth polyphonic textures.

This arrangement was premiered in 2016 by San Francisco Choral Artists, Magen Solomon, Artistic Director, and has since been performed numerous times – in the U.S., Denmark and Thailand, among other places.

Project : Encore™ has found this work to be of exceptional merit. Its panel of internationally known conductors has selected the work for inclusion in its database of recommended choral music.

Tumbalalayka endorsed by Project Encore.