Fiddler on the roof

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Premiere of "Fiddler on the Roof" by J. Bock Music

Why is the violinist on the roof? Quite often, this question had to be answered by the artist Marc Chagall, whose leitmotif of creativity was the image of a violinist, too bright and unusual to exist in reality. Nevertheless, the artist invariably repeated that the Fiddler on the roof is a reality! The violinist, they say, climbed onto the roof so that he would not be disturbed. The authors of the musical Tevye Tevele, the composer Jeremy Bock and the libreists Joseph Stein and Sheldon Harnik embodied the Shagal image of the Fiddler in the musical history behind the stories of Sholem Aleichem “Tevye the Milkman”. The musical begins with the composition “Tradition” and it is the theme of the tradition, according to the intention of the authors, that became the concept of the whole work. The traditions of life, their preservation, following, they residents of the Jewish town Anatovka that near Kiev, stirred up the feeling of people of different nationalities, different religions. The musical "Violinist on the Roof", which was first staged on Broadway in 1964, won the hearts of millions!

The main character Tevye, the father of five daughters, talks about the meanings of life and likes to talk with God. He is a zealot of tradition, carefully protects the family hearth from the turmoil, dreams of happiness and prosperity. Tevye is sure that it is worthwhile to marry off her daughters so that they settle down in life as best they can. Following the storyline, the matchmaker Enta already found the suitors and daughters of Tevye. But instead of marrying a rich widow Liser, the eldest daughter Zeitl marries poor tailor Motl. Tevye, touched by the feelings of her daughter, blesses the young and persuades his wife Golda to agree to their marriage. What? “Money is round. Today there, and tomorrow already here, to be alive and healthy. And the main thing is hope! ”Tevye philosophizes.

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