Category Archives: Chamber Orchestra

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: …

Ima-Em (Mother), Poem, Op. 339 (1964)

For Voice, Harp and String Orchestra — An ode to all mothers
Note: The orchestral poem Ima-Em (Mother) is based on the song Ima-Em, Op. 318, from 1962.

A 1964 recording:
Rachel Nachmias, Mezzo Soprano
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Harp, Mezzo Soprano

Orchestration: Strings

Lyrics: Ya’acov Orland

Duration: 14:30 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
In 1962 Marc …

Concertino for Kanun (Qanun), English Horn, Clarinet, Strings and Percussion, Op. 292 (1959)

Handwritten score, Concertino for Kanun (Qanun), English Horn, Clarinet, Strings and Percussion

Handwritten score, Concertino for Kanun (Qanun), English Horn, Clarinet, Strings and Percussion

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

Solo: Kanun (Qanun), English Horn, Clarinet

Orchestration: Str – Timp+1

Duration: 13 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Concertino for Kanun (Qanun), English Horn, Clarinet, Strings and Percussion was written for Avraham David Cohen, a kanun player who …

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.

Recording: Not yet available

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.…

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 …

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 …

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. …

Jewish Suite for String Orchestra or String Quartet, Op. 17 (1929)

Allegro — Andante — Vivace (Chassidischer Tanz)

Jewish Suite 1A recording from October 11, 2015 at the Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv:
The Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble
Barak Tal, conductor

Variations: This composition is written for both String Orchestra and String Quartet.
On the score Lavry wrote ‘Oder Bass’ (without contrabass) for the quartet.

Duration: 12:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society