Category Archives: Compositions

Shechora Ani (I am Black) for Soprano and Piano (From Song of Songs), Op. 137 (1940)

Note: Shechora Ani is an Aria from the Oratorio Song of Songs, Op. 137.


Sivan Goldman


Daniella Lugassy & Charles Spencer Live in Jerusalem

Solo: Soprano

Accompaniment: Piano

Lyrics: Song of Songs, chapter 1, Verses 5-6

Duration: 2:30 minutes

Additional details: email music@marclavry.org

Lyrics
Transliteration from Hebrew to English:

Shechora ani venava
bnot yerushalayim
Ke’ohalei kedar kiriyot shelomo
shechora ani venava.
Al tir’uni she’ani shcharchoret
sheshezafatni hashamesh.
Bnai i’mi, …

Tsror Hamor (A Sachet of Myrrh) for Soprano and Piano (From Song of Songs), Song, Op. 137 No. 9 (1940)

Note: Tsror Hamor is an Aria from the Oratorio Song of Songs, Op. 137.


Video recording from the June 17, 2012 Salute to Marc Lavry Concert:
Claire Meghnagi, Soprano
Irena Friedland, Piano

 

Solo: Soprano

Accompaniment: Piano

Lyrics: Song of Songs

Duration: 2:30 minutes

Additional details: email music@marclavry.org

Transliteration:
Tsror hamor
Dodi li,
Bein shadai yalin.

Yishakeini minshikot peehu,
Ki tovim dodecha miyayin.

B’tach dodi udmeh lecha litzvi,…

Tamar, Opera, Op. 276 (1958)

Opera in three acts

Excerpts from the Opera Tamar, conducted by Marc Lavry around 1960:
Aliza Levandovska, Mezzo Soprano
Lucie Arnon, Soprano
Mordechai Ben Shachar, Baritone
Efrayim Wagner, Bass
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

A few arias were recently performed in the English, the original language of the opera, by Zacharia …

Israeli Dances, Suite, Op. 204 (1946)

Shepherd Dance – Monotonous – Guards – Yemenite Dance – Hora – Debka

A recording from the late 1940s:
George Singer, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Orchestration: 2/pic,2,eh,2,2,-3,3,3,0-timp+3-hp,pn-str

Duration: 20 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Israeli Dances was one of Lavry’s most popular compositions. It was performed by Paul Paray, Geoge Singer in his first …

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

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

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Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 344 (1965)


Live concert at the YMCA Hall, Jerusalem, October 1966:
Hanoch Tel-Oren, Flute
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Flute

Orchestration: 1,1,1,1-2,2,1,0-timp+2-hp-str

Duration: 21:40 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
This virtuoso, dazzling and sophisticated concerto includes 3 movements.
The first movement is a lively Allegro, rhythmical and often includes dialogues between the flute and the percussion.
The second movement is a Romance …

Al Naharot Bavel (By the Rivers of Babylon) for Symphonic Orchestra, Op. 33.1 (1939)

Note: This version (Op 33.1) was composed in 1939 for Symphonic Orchestra. Al Naharot Bavel Op. 33 was written earlier in 1935 for Chamber Orchestra.

Marc Lavry (Conductor)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Orchestration: 1,1,1,1-4,0,0,0-timp+1-hp-str

Duration: 14:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
In a 1939 interview for the Davar newspaper, Lavry said about the composition: “Al Naharot Bavel” (By the …

Al Naharot Bavel (By the Rivers of Babylon) for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 33 (1935)

Note: This version (Op. 33) was composed in 1935 for Chamber Orchestra. Al Naharot Bavel Op. 33.1 was later written in 1939 for Symphonic Orchestra.


A recording from the Salute to Marc Lavry concert on June 17, 2012:
Barak Tal, Conductor
Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble

Orchestration: String Orchestra

Duration: 13:30 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
In a 1939 interview for the Davar newspaper, Lavry said about the composition: …

Song of Songs, Oratorio, Op. 137 (1940)

A 1962 recording:
Nurit Goren, Soprano
Shmaya Ashkenazi, Tenor
Mordechai Ben-Shachar, Baritone
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Baritone

Choir: Mixed Choir

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

Lyrics: Max Brod based on Song of Songs

Duration: 75 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
One of Lavry’s …

Daliat El Carmel, Rhapsody, Op. 314 (1961)

Mendi Rodan, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Orchestration: pic,2,2,eh,2,bcl,2,cbn-4,3,3,1-timp+3-hp,pn,cel-str
Note: In 1961 Lavry wrote the composition for pic,2,2,eh,3,3-2,2,1,0-timp+1-hp-str. In 1962 he re-orchestrated it for a full symphonic orchestra.

Duration: 18:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
After a visit to the Druze village, Daliat EI Carmel, Marc Lavry wrote the rhapsody describing village life.
The opening is slow and depicts …