Jerusalem, Symphonic Poem, Op. 249 (1953)

Recording: Not Yet Available

Orchestration: pic/2,2,eh,2/bc,2–4,3,3,1–timp+2-hp-str

Duration: 17:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Marc Lavry composed the Symphonic Poem Jerusalem, Op. 249, in 1953.

In 1936 Lavry wrote a symphonic poem Jerusalem for chamber orchestra (Op. 43) and a year later he arranged it for symphonic orchestra (Op. 43a.)
Lavry was always in awe of Jerusalem, and was humbled by the uniqueness of the city and its history. He was not satisfied with his 1936-7 compositions as he felt that they didn’t capture the intensity of the city. In June 1953, he composed a “new” Symphonic Poem Jerusalem (Op. 249) that he considered to have properly conveyed his feelings about the city that so much inspired him and his music. It was debuted that year in Jerusalem by the Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra.)

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