Israeli Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra, Op. 317 (1963)

Yehuda Oppenheimer, Accordion
Sergio Commisiona, Conductor
N.D.R. Radio Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg

Solo: Accordion

Orchestration: 1,1,2,1-2,3,1,0-timp+1-hp-str

Duration: 10:18 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

In 1963 the renowned accordion player, Yehuda Oppenheimer, asked Lavry to compose a piece for accordion and orchestra. Because significant compositions for accordion are scarce Lavry was compelled to rise up to the challenge. The Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra he wrote showcases the capabilities of the accordion and lyrically portrays the Israeli atmosphere of the time.

The Rhapsody was first performed in 1963 by Yehuda Oppenheimer and the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and later recorded in Germany by the N.D.R Radio Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg.

One Response to Israeli Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra, Op. 317 (1963)
  1. Ellano Braz
    April 9, 2018 | 5:54 pm

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