Dybbuk, a short piece for solo clarinet, was inspired by the ballet of the same name by the choreographer Maurice Bejart.
According to Jewish folklore, "Dybbuk" was the name of the evil spirit that possessed Leah, a young Jewish maiden. Leah was forced to marry a man whom she did not love instead of her beloved Hanan, a talented student of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). When Hanan realized that Leah's parents would force her to marry another man he died of a broken heart. During the wedding, his voice suddenly entered Leah and she became possessed with the Dybbuk spirit. Later on in the story Leah is united with Hanan in death.
This story appears in a famous play by S.Ansky (1914) and in many other contexts, including the ballet by Bejart. The music for this choreography uses klezmer music to illustrate the external plot, while quotations from Schoenberg describe Leah's stormy inner world.
In her piece for clarinet Galinne composed her own music instead of using quotations. Modern passages are interchanged with her own original klezmer music. This is most evident in the wedding dance when Leah is forced to marry the wrong man. A famous klezmer wedding melody is twisted and distorted into a dance macabre.
The piece was dedicated to the clarinetist Orit Orbach.