Category Archives: Compositions

Israeli Country Dances, Suite for Orchestra, Op. 230 (1952)

Opening – Procession – Mountain Folk – The Amorous Shepherd – The Shepherdess – Polka – Peasant’s Dance – In the Valley – Debka – Hora Finale

Note: This version is for Orchestra. There is also a short version for piano solo that includes five of the ten dances – Israeli Country Dances, Suite for Piano, Op. 230p.

A rare recording…

Shir Ahava (Love Song), Op. 231 (1950)

Track 1: Soprano and Orchestral Accompaniment:
     Francis De Bossy, Soprano
     Alexander Tarsky, Conductor
     Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)
Tracke 2: Soprano and Piano Accompaniment:
     Gila Yaron, Soprano
     Zvi Zemel, Piano

Solo: Soprano

Accompaniment: Piano
Note: Shir Ahava was written originally for Soprano and Piano. Lavry also wrote an arrangement for Soprano and orchestral accompaniment.

Duration: 2:42 minutes

Lyrics: Moshe

Emek (Shir Ha-Emek), Song, Op. 40 (1935)

Note: This version of Emek is that of the popular song. There is also Emek, Symphonic Poem, Opus 45 based on this song.

A historic recording from September 4, 1958:
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)

Variations: Three arrangements are available for the composition:

  • Voice and Orchestra
  • Voice and Piano
  • A Cappella Choir

Lyrics: Rafael Eliaz

Duration: 3:50 minutes

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Emek (Shir Ha-Emek), A Cappella, Op. 40 (1935)

Note: This version of Emek is for an A Cappella Choir. There are also a versions for Voice and Piano, Voice and Orchestra and Emek, Symphonic Poem, Opus 45 based on this song.

Shir Ha-Emek for A Cappella sheet music Click to enlarge

Shir Ha-Emek for A Cappella sheet music
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Performed by:
Ronen Borshevsky (Conductor)
The Oratorio Choir
Choir: Mixed Choir

Lyrics: Rafael Eliaz

Duration: 3:50 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage

Sacred Service, Oratorio, Op. 254 (1954)

Excerpts from Sacred Service conducted by Marc Lavry, 1959:
Joshua Zohar, Baritone
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

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Note: See also Excerpts of Sacred Service for Children’s Choir, Cantor and Organ

Sacred Service at Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco 1955

Sacred Service at Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco 1955

Solo:
Baritone (Cantor)
Narrator…

Kukia, Variations, Op. 186 (1946)

A historical live concert at the YMCA Hall in Jerusalem on September 24, 1963:
Sergio Comissiona, Conductor
Haifa Symphony Orchestra
Note: The variation for Piccolo, Tuba and Woodwinds are from a November 2010 recording by the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra with conductor Garlo Goldstein.

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

Duration: 25 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Like many Israeli composers, Marc Lavry was …

Queen Esther, Oratorio, Op. 279 (1959)

(We apologize for the sound quality – this is an amateur recording by a member of the audience)
Queen Esther performance at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco

Queen Esther performance at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco

Excerpts from a live concert at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California.
Performers: Leona Gordon, Soprano; Cantor Josef R. Cycowski, Baritone; Desire Ligeti, Baritone; Leonard Wechs, Tenor; Dr. Howard Thurman,…

Suite Concertante for Flute, Viola and Harp, Op. 348 (1966)

Shepherds – Prayer – Dance

Recording: Listen to or buy on Amazon or iTunes.

Instruments: Flute, Viola, Harp

Duration: 12 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
The three-movement Suite Concertante is a perfect example of Lavry’s ability to convey the different facets of Israeli music.

Israeli Country Dances, Suite for Piano, Op. 230p (1952)

Procession – Mountain Folk – The Amorous Shepherd – The Shepherdess – Polka

Note: This version is for Piano Solo that includes five of the ten dances in the orchestral version – Israeli Country Dances for Orchestra, Op. 230.

Pianist Alan Sternfeld for Psanterin: Anthology of Israeli Music for Piano

Solo: Piano

Duration: 7 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Emek (Shir Ha-Emek), Song for Voice and Orchestra, Op. 40 (1935)

Note: This version of Emek is for Voice and Orchestra. There are also versions for Voice and Piano, an A Cappella Choir and Emek, Symphonic Poem, Opus 45 based on this song.

Solo: Voice

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

Lyrics: Rafael Eliaz

Duration: 3:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Recording: Not yet available

Synopsis:
Shir Ha-Emek is the first song Marc Lavry composed in Israel to the lyrics of Rafael …