Symphony No. 1 (The Tragic Symphony), Op. 171 (1943)

Symphony No. 1 - handwritten by Marc Lavry

Symphony No. 1 - handwritten by Marc Lavry

Recording: Not yet available

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

Duration: 25 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:

The news from Europe about the Nazi atrocities against Jews was beginning to reach Israel. In his autobiography from 1946, Lavry wrote: “The events of recent years, the tragic fate that met my people and most likely didn’t skip my family either, had affected me to the point that I am conflicted… [On the one hand] I belong to the land [of Israel] and wish to sing it, [and on the other hand I find myself reacting to what transpires outside of its borders…] I cannot avoid thinking of the horrors we hear and read of. It pressures me like a nightmare seeking an outlet. In the summer of 1945 I completed composing a “tragic” symphony that is dedicated to the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. The music burst out as a cry of the soul, it was an inevitable reaction. Only then, I was able to return to my usual path.”

The composition includes four movements:

  • Allegro Moderato
  • Allegro Agitato
  • Largo
  • Allegro Affetto – Finale

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