Category Archives: Compositions

Ma Tovu (How Goodly), Song, Op. 218 (1948)

A recording from November 16, 1952:
David Halperin, Tenor
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Variations: Ma Tovu comes in two arrangements:

  • Tenor or baritone, choir with organ or piano
  • String orchestra

Lyrics: From the Jewish morning prayer (Shacharit)

Duration: 4:10 minutes

Additional details: email music@marclavry.org

Transliteration:
(Hebrew to English)

Ma tovu ohalecha …

Israeli Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra, Op. 317 (1963)

Yehuda Oppenheimer, Accordion
Sergio Commisiona, Conductor
N.D.R. Radio Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg

Solo: Accordion

Orchestration: 1,1,2,1-2,3,1,0-timp+1-hp-str

Duration: 10:18 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
In 1963 the renowned accordion player, Yehuda Oppenheimer, asked Lavry to compose a piece for accordion and orchestra. Because significant compositions for accordion are scarce Lavry was compelled to rise up to the challenge. The Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra …

Orit Mesaperet (Orit’s Stories), Cantata for Children, Op. 253 (1954)

A Dec. 14, 1954 recording:
Yaffa Yarkoni, Voice
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Instrumental Ensemble
Orit Mesaperet (Orit’s Stories) Sheet Music Click to englarge

Orit Mesaperet (Orit’s Stories) Sheet Music
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Variations: Three arrangements are available for the composition:
  • Voice and Piano
  • Choir and Orchestra
  • Voice, Choir and Orchestra

Lyrics: Michael Desheh

Duration: 20:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
The …

Suite for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 85 (1939)

Introduction (Allegro Maestoso) – Allegro Moderato – Adagio – Allegro (Rikud-Dance)


A recording from the premiere in Jerusalem on February 19, 1939:

Suite for Violin and Orchestra manuscript, in Lavry's handwriting

Suite for Violin and Orchestra manuscript, in Lavry’s handwriting

Sasha Parnes, violin
Marc Lavry, conductor
Palestine Broadcasting Service Orchestra

Orchestration: 2,2,2,2-4,2,3,0-hp-perc-str

Duration: 20:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Suite for Violin and Orchestra was premiered on February 19, 1939 in Jerusalem.
The composition includes four …

Galil, Suite for Small Orchestra, Op. 62 (1938)

Andante – Caravan – Hora

Recordings: Not yet Available

Orchestration: pic/fl, cl/bcl, tpt, pn, str

Duration: 25 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Galil, Suite for Small Orchestra, premiered on May 5, 1938. …

Three Jewish Dances for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 192a (1945)

Sher – Yemenite Wedding Dance – Hora
Note: This version is for Violin and Orchestra. There is also a version for Violin and Piano (Op. 192) and a version for Piano Solo (Op. 190.)
There is also Opus 192, a version for Violin and Piano, and a version for Piano Solo (Op. 190.)

Live recording of the annual concert of…

Concerto for Two Flutes, Cello and Piano, Op. 262 (1956)

Allegro Moderato – Andante (Pastorale) – Vivo (Dance)

Concerto for Two Flutes, Cello and Piano, Op. 262

Concerto for Two Flutes, Cello and Piano, Op. 262

Recorded in 1957 by the “Dalet Klei Shir”
Hanoch Tel-Oren, Sharona Tel-Oren – Flutes
Itzhak Blasberger – Cello
Neli Ben-Or – Piano

Duration: 16:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
The Concerto for Two Flutes, Cello and Piano consists of three movements:
Allegro …

Boa Dodi (Come, My Beloved), Song, Op. 222 (1949)

Track 1: Recorded April 4, 1956:
Hanna Aharoni, Soprano
Marc Lavry, Conductor & Piano
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)
Note: The arrangement in this recording was created specifically for singer Hannah Aharoni who has a unique range of four octaves.

Track 2: Recorded: February 7, 1956
Shoshana Damari, Voice
Marc Lavry, Conductor
An instrumental ensemble from the Kol Israel …

Shir Eres (Lullaby), Song, Op. 48 (1937)

A historic recording of the song Shir Eres for alto, choir and orchestral accompaniment:
Tsiporah Kuperman, Alto
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Variations: Three arrangements are available for the song:

  • Voice (Mezzo-Soprano, Alto) and Piano
  • Voice (Mezzo-Soprano, Alto), Choir and Orchestra
  • A Cappella

Lyrics: Shaul Tchernichovsky (Hebrew lyrics here)

Duration: 3:00 minutes

Additional details:

Ahasver (The Wandering Jew), Symphonic Poem, Op. 23 (1931)

Recording: Not available

Orchestration: 2,2,3,2-4,3,3,1-tmp+3-hp-str

Duration: 20:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:

Ahasver score

Lavry crossed out the title “Symphony No. 1, Third Movement” and instead wrote Ahasver, The Wandering Jew

Lavry composed the symphonic poem Ahasver, The Wandering Jew, while he was the conductor of the Berlin City Symphony Orchestra. At that time Lavry began to address Jewish topics in his composition.

In 1931 Lavry attempted to write …