Israeliana, Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 258b (1955)

Prelude – Flocks – Feast Dance – Hamsin (Heatwave) – Ancient Oriental Dance – Druze Dance

Note: This version (Op. 258b) is for Violin and Piano. Israeliana, Op. 258 is written for Symphonic Orchestra, Op. 258a is for Violin and Orchestra, and Op. 258c for Piano Solo.

Recording: Not yet available. A recording is available in the Violin and Orchestra version (Op. 258a).

Instruments: Violin, Piano

Duration: 15 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
The six movements of the composition, as Lavry described them, are:

  • Andante Maestoso – Prelude: A choral in a ethnic rhythm, kind of a slow Hora.
  • Allegretto – Flocks: A picture of the flocks on the Galilee mountains and a shepherds’ dance.
  • Allegretto – Feast Dance: Allegretto in six-eighth meter.
  • Andante – Hamsin (Heatwave): Monotonous andante.
  • Andante – Ancient Oriental Song: An arrangement of an ancient song I heard sung by Bracha Zfira.
  • Allegro – Druze Dance: A Debka as I saw it being danced by young Druz men, masculine and war-like. The dance always excited me and I found that arranging it was emotionally cathartic.

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