Category Archives: Orchestral Music

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 …

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1, Op. 201 (1946)

Allegro – Andante – Allegretto Grazioso

A mono 1966 recording:
Pnina Salzman, Piano
George Singer, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

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Solo: Piano

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

Duration: 24 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
This concerto is dedicated to pianist Pnina Salzman who describes it as follows:
“The piece, considered to be …

Symphony No. 1 (The Tragic Symphony), Op. 171 (1943)

Symphony No. 1 - handwritten by Marc Lavry

Symphony No. 1 - handwritten by Marc Lavry

Recording: Not yet available

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

Duration: 25 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:

The news from Europe about the Nazi atrocities against Jews was beginning to reach Israel. In his autobiography from 1946, Lavry wrote: “The events of recent years, the tragic fate that met my people and most likely didn’t skip my family either, had affected me to …

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2, Op. 210 (1947)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 performed at the gala concert of the 14th Israeli Music Celebration in the Jerusalem Theater.
Revital Hachamoff, piano
Guy Feder, conductor
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (IBA)

Solo: Piano

Orchestration: pic,2,2,eh,2,bcl,2,cbn-3,3,3,1-timp+3-hp,cel-str

Duration: 24 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:

  • Allegro
  • Andantino (Rhythm Oriental)
  • Andantino (Pastorale)

Marc Lavry’s second concerto for piano was composed a …

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 247 (1953)


Recorded in December 1963
Abraham Borenstein, Viola
George Singer, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Viola

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

Duration: 23 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
The Concerto for Viola and Orchestra demonstrates Marc Lavry’s unique understanding of the characteristics of the Viola and features musical themes that were synonymous with his work:

  • Allegro: features the deep yet strong sound of the viola
  • Andante:

Stalingrad, Symphonic Poem, Op. 167 (1942)

Stalingrad score, handwritten by Marc Lavry

Stalingrad score, handwritten by Marc Lavry

Recording: Not yet available

Orchestration: 2,2,2,2,cbn-4,3,3,1-timp+2-str

Duration: 18 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:

Lavry often documented current events and his reactions through musical composition.
In 1942 the news of the ferocious war between the Germans and the Russians in Stalingrad reached Israel and inspired Lavry to compose the Symphonic Poem ‘Stalingrad’.

Performances

Premier: United Nation Music Festival in Alexandria, Egypt
November …

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 …

Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, Op. 334 (1963)

Recorded at the Henry Crown Auditorium, Jerusalem, 1985
Efrat Lavry-Zaklad, Harp
David Robertson, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Harp

Orchestration: 2/pic,2,eh,2,bcl,2-2,2,1,0-timp+3-pn-str

Duration: 18 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
When Lavry composed the concerto in 1963, he had two goals in mind: to explore various unconventional harp textures and to compose a work he would perform together with his …

Al Mordot Hacarmel (On the Slopes of Mount Carmel), Symphonic Poem for Orchestra, Alto and Choir, Op. 335 (1963)

Sergio Comissiona, Conductor
Ronenei Carmel Choir
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Alto

Choir: Mixed Choir

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

Lyrics: Shmuel Hupert

Duration: 16:15 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
In 1963, Marc Lavry moved to Haifa. He was fascinated with the exquisite landscape of the city, the way Mount Carmel rises from the beautiful blue Mediterranean sea, as well …

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 …