Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, Op. 334 (1963)

Recorded at the Henry Crown Auditorium, Jerusalem, 1985
Efrat Lavry-Zaklad, Harp
David Robertson, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Harp

Orchestration: 2/pic,2,eh,2,bcl,2-2,2,1,0-timp+3-pn-str

Duration: 18 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

When Lavry composed the concerto in 1963, he had two goals in mind: to explore various unconventional harp textures and to compose a work he would perform together with his daughter Efrat, a harp student.
The first goal was achieved yet, unfortunately, he passed away in 1967 prior to the concerto’s first performance.

The first movement opens with a cadenza serving as an introduction. This is followed by the main part of the movement, which is lyrical and uses rhythms typical to Lavry: a 9/8 measure divided onto three quarter notes and three eights notes.

The second movement is a bridge to the third one. It is a kind of a cadenza in which the harp is joined by other instruments, each playing a solo part.

The last movement is dance-like incorporating many syncopated rhythms. It is based on a single theme that Lavry explores via various techniques. The main theme is a dialogue between the percussion section (the timpani) and the soloist thus addressing the harp’s percussive color. The “Middle Eastern” atmosphere is enhanced by the use of octaves and unisons.



June 19-20-21, 2010
The Haifa Symphony Orchestra
Efrat Lavry-Zaklad, Harp
Uri Segal, Conductor




One Response to Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, Op. 334 (1963)
  1. Judith Liber
    May 25, 2011 | 12:06 am

    It is a pleasure to hear a the rich prominent harp part well balanced with a large romantic orchestra. Efrat plays with clarity and a wide dynamic range. She sings the themes and melodies with love and sensitivity. It is a beautiful performance of a beautiful work! And it sounds like Israel.

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