Three Jewish Dances for Violin and Piano, Op. 192 (1945)

Sher – Yemenite Wedding Dance – Hora
Note: This version is for Violin and Piano. There are also versions for Piano Solo (Op. 190) and Violin and Orchestra (Op. 192a).

Jacques Israelievitch

Mischa Elman

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Solo: Violin

Accompaniment: Piano

Duration: 9 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

A decade after immigrating to Israel Lavry wrote a compilation of Jewish dances. 

  • Sher (Scissors Dance): A Hassidic-Jewish style dance inspired by music to which he was exposed in his childhood.
  • Yemenite Wedding Dance: Lavry, like many other composers at the time, was introduced to Yemenite music by singer Bracha Zfira.
    Unlike typical energetic wedding dances, the wedding dance of the Yemenite bride is gentle, calm and shy. The dance is performed in small steps and soft, round movements of the hands.
  • Hora: In a radio interview Lavry said: “… I remember that after I visited Kibbutz Degania where we danced all night, the dance left a huge impression on me. An endless Hora dance — with shouts and rhythmic legwork — the young people were wonderful.” 
    Lavry adopted the energetic and lively rhythm of the Hora dance which he incorporated in many of his works. In the words of composer Paul Ben-Haim on Lavry: “Lavry’s Symphonic Poem “Emek” was the first example of the penetration of the Hora into concert music, and by creating it Lavry tightened the link between folk and art music”. [Wikipedia]

    Lavry incorporated the melody of this movement into several of his later compositions. The most famous is the Hora song (Opus 206 No. 3) which later achieved the status of a folk song.

Anecdote: Lavry originally wrote six dances. In addition to the three dances that were published, he wrote the “Jewish Dance”, “Pioneer’s Polka” and “Perpetuum Mobile – Hora” movements, which he did not include the final work. His handwritten manuscript of all six movements is located at the National Library of Israel.

For research purposes: It is interesting to note that although Three Jewish Dances for Violin and Piano (Opus 192) and for Violin and Orchestra (Opus 192a) are adaptations of the composition for Solo Piano (Opus 190), there were significant differences in the original versions. Opus 190 had five dances (including “Jewish Dance” and “Oriental Jewish Dance”), while Opuses 192 and 192a had six (including “Jewish Dance”, “Pioneer’s Polka” and “Perpetuum Mobile – Hora”.)



A Trip to the Country – Atar Trio plays Lavry
At a literary musical evening dedicated to the poet Leah Goldberg, Atar Trio will perform the Marc Lavry’s composition Three Jewish Dances for Violin and Piano, Opus 192.

The concert will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Beit Yad Labanim hall in Haifa.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to Atar Trio’s website.

Marc Lavry’s Three Jewish Dances for Violin and Piano, Op. 192, will be performed at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA on Friday, November 16, 2012 and Sunday, November 18, 2012.
The concert will include Viktor Ullmann’s opera The Emperor of Atlantis and Ernest Bloch’s “Prayer.” More information about the event can be found at the Music of Remembrance site.
Update: due to the snowstorm in Israel the concert at the Beit Yad Labanim hall in Haifa was rescheduled to Saturday, December 28, 2013.

Olivia Dora
Violinist Olivia Dora will be playing Marc Lavry’s Three Jewish Dances for Violin and Piano (Op. 192):

  • June 8, 2012 at 7:10PM:
    The Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, London, U.K.
    Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BS
    Free admittance
  • September 21, 2012 – Lunchtime concert at 1:00PM:
    The Parish Church in Dartford, U.K
    Dartford Parish Church, High Street, Dartford, Kent DA1 1DE
    Free admittance
  • December 2012 (exact date to be published by the venue)
    The Frits Philips Muziekgebouw Eindhoven hall in the Netherlands
    Heuvel Galerie 140, Eindhoven.
3 Responses to Three Jewish Dances for Violin and Piano, Op. 192 (1945)
  1. Jeffrey Melzack
    July 6, 2015 | 7:34 am

    I am interested in purchasing “Yemenite Wedding” sheet music for violin and piano, can you help me find a distributor of this sheet music? I learned of the muscic from a CD performed by Micha Elman.

  2. Cantor Andrea Rae Markowicz
    October 21, 2017 | 9:13 am

    I am interested in purchasing Op. 192 for piano and violin.
    Who do I need to contact?
    Thank you!

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