Symphony No. 2 (Independence Symphony), Op. 233 (1950)

For Voice, Choir and Orchestra

A 1951 recording:
Naomi Zuri (Mezzo Soprano)
Marc Lavry (Conductor)
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Baritone or Mezzo Soprano

Choir: Mixed Choir

Orchestration: 2,2,eh,3,2asx,tsx,2-4,3,3,1-timp+3-hp-str

Duration: 27:00 minutes

Lyrics: Avraham Broides, Avigdor Hame’iri

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Dedicated to his wife Helena Lavry, this symphony is one of Lavry’s most “Israeli” compositions where he reaches a peak of his Israeli existence. It is a historical homage to the events of the establishment of the new state via music and lyrics.

Symphony No. 2 (Independence Symphony) consists of three movements:

  • Allegro: Depicts the optimistic and energetic mood of the establishment of the state.
  • Adagio: Based on Lavry’s song Ein Kiyerushalayim (Nothing like Jerusalem) and lyrics by Avaham Broides, the soloist and choir join the orchestra in this movement. The lyrical mood describes the calm beauty of the landscape. The movement ends with an oath to Jerusalem both verbally and musically.
  • Adagio: In this passionate movement one can actually hear the sounds of the Independence War. The movement ends with Lavry’s song Ts’ad Shimshon (March, Samson), lyrics by Avigdor Hame’iri, calling for the nation to never be victimized again and to take an oath of allegiance to Israel.

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