Category Archives: Compositions

Israeliana, Suite for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 258a (1955)

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

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

A live recording from a concert at the YMCA music hall in…

Israeliana, Suite for Orchestra, Op. 258 (1955)

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

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

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

Orchestration: pic,2,2,eh,2,bc,2,-4,3,3,1-timp+2-pn, …

Negev, Symphonic Poem, Op. 251 (1954)

Live recording, Jerusalem, January 25, 1962:
Marc Lavry, Conductor
The Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

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

Duration: 15 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:

In 1953, Prime-Minister David Ben-Gurion resigned from his government position and settled in the Negev desert.
Lavry, in his usual manner, reacted to the event by composing the symphonic poem “Negev” in which he describes the …

Menachem Mendel The Dreamer, Suite, Op. 105 (1940)

Overture – Dance – The Train – Theme and Variation – Polka

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

Note: This version (Op. 105) is for Symphonic Orchestra. Menachem Mendel Op. 103 is written for a theatrical play.

Orchestration: 1/pic,1,2,asx,1–2,2,1,1–hp,accordion-timp+2-str

Duration: 15:34 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Marc Lavry composed the music for Shalom …

Concertino for Flute and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 245 (1952)

Procession – Pastorale – Hora

Note: In addition to this version, Lavry created an adaptation of this Concertino for Harmonica and Orchestra, Op. 245a.

Recording: Not yet available

Solo: Flute

Orchestration: String Orchestra -2perc-pn

Duration: 13 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
There Concertino consists of three movements:

  • Procession – Allegro
  • Pastorale – Adagio
  • Hora – Vivo

Jerusalem, Symphonic Poem, Op. 43 (1936)

Note: This version (Op. 43) is for Chamber Orchestra. Jerusalem Op. 43a is written for Symphonic Orchestra.

A live recording from a May 29, 2016 in Trieste, Italy:
David Cassali, Conductor
Trieste Orchestra

Orchestration: 1,0,1,0–0,1,0,0–perc-hp-str

Duration: 13 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Symphonic Poem Jerusalem, Op. 43, was first performed in Jerusalem on September 26, 1936 by the Palestinian Symphony Orchestra.…

Jerusalem, Symphonic Poem, Op. 43a (1937)

Note: This version (Op. 43a) is for Symphonic Orchestra. Jerusalem Op. 43 is written for Chamber Orchestra.

Recording: Not yet available

Orchestration: pic/2,2,2,2–4,2,3,0–timp+2-hp-str

Duration: 13 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Concertino for Harmonica and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 245a (1952)

Procession – Pastorale – Hora

Note: The original version of the concertino was written for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 245.

Solo: Harmonica

Orchestration: String Orchestra – 2perc-pn

Duration: 13 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:

Larry Adler playing the Harmonica (photo dedicated to Marc Lavry)

Larry Adler playing the Harmonica (photo dedicated to Marc Lavry)

At the request of the world-renown Harmonica player, Larry Adler, Lavry made an adaptation …

Three Pieces for Harp, Op. 282 (1959)

David’s Psalm – Yemenite Wedding Dance – Debka

Solo: Harp

Duration: 9 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Recordings: Not yet available

Synopsis:
These three short solos for Harp were composed in 1959 during the first Israeli Harp Competition.

  • David’s Psalm displays the long sustained sound of the harp
  • Yemenite Wedding Dance is lyrical and intimate (as is the Yemenite bride’s slow delicate dance)
  • Debka (Arabic dance) displays the

Varda’s Dreams for Piano, Op. 274 (1959)

Sleep Well – Teddy, the Bear Cub – The Pony – The Dwarfs – The Sick Doll – The Kid – The Monkey – The Swing – At Dawn

Solo: Piano

Duration: 15 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Recording: Not yet available

Synopsis:
The nine short miniatures were written for Varda, Lavry’s youngest daughter who had just began playing the piano:

  • Sleep Well – Lullaby
  • Teddy, the Bear