Concertino for Kanun (Qanun), English Horn, Clarinet, Strings and Percussion, Op. 292 (1959)

Handwritten score, Concertino for Kanun (Qanun), English Horn, Clarinet, Strings and Percussion

Handwritten score, Concertino for Kanun (Qanun), English Horn, Clarinet, Strings and Percussion

Arieh Sachs, Harpsichord
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Kanun (Qanun), English Horn, Clarinet

Orchestration: Str – Timp+1

Duration: 13 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Concertino for Kanun (Qanun), English Horn, Clarinet, Strings and Percussion was written for Avraham David Cohen, a kanun player who immigrated from Iraq, where he was well known as an artist, to Israel 10 years earlier.

Despite his notoriety Cohen could not read music and played by ear only. Lavry, who wrote the concertino for Cohen, invited his friend and colleague Arieh Sachs to play the Kanun part on harpsichord. They recorded the concertino and Avraham David Cohen learned to play the composition by listening to it.

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