Music for The English German Girl

This novel took six or seven years to complete. For at least three of those years, in the back of my head I had a piece of music by the French composer Maurice Ravel. Written in 1914, it is part of a two-song set called “Deux mélodies hébraïques;” the first of these, “Kaddish,” seems to capture perfectly the mood of the novel. Here is is played beautifully and movingly by the wonderful British cellist Steven Isserlis. –JWS