Andante for Orchestra – Tefilah (Prayer), Orchestral Movement, Op. 21 (1931)

Recording: Not available

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

Duration: 15:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

In 1931 Lavry attempted to write his first symphony, Symphony No. 1, Op. 21.
Upon completing the symphony, Lavry, who had already composed a large repertoire, felt that the composition did not meet his expectations of a first symphony. He decided to keep only the second movement, the Andante, and named the composition: Andante for Orchestra (Orchestral Movement) and added the Hebrew title “Tefilah” (Prayer.)

At a later point Lavry turned the third movement, Allegro Maestoso, into symphonic poem Ahasver, The Wandering Jew, Op. 23.

It is interesting to note that during his last years in Germany, 1929-1932, Lavry wrote several compositions influenced by his Jewish heritage:

Andante for Orchestra was performed in Riga twice: On August 20, 1932 and on July 22, 1933.

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