Category Archives: Orchestral Music

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 78 (1938)

Recording: Not yet available

Solo: Violin

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

Duration: 20:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra was composed for violinist Andreas Weissgerber – Lavry’s friend – who premiered it on June 20, 1939 with the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Palestine.

The movements of this composition are:

  • Allegro Moderato (Marcia)
  • Andante
  • Allegro Assai
Davar Newspaper - Marc Lavry Discusses His Work

Davar Newspaper – Marc Lavry Discusses His Work

In a…

Jerusalem, Symphonic Poem, Op. 249 (1953)

Recording: Not Yet Available

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

Duration: 17:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Marc Lavry composed the Symphonic Poem Jerusalem, Op. 249, in 1953.

In 1936 Lavry wrote a symphonic poem Jerusalem for chamber orchestra (Op. 43) and a year later he arranged it for symphonic orchestra (Op. 43a.)
Lavry was always in awe of Jerusalem, and was humbled by the uniqueness of …

Kitatenu Balayla Tsoedet (Our Squad Marches at Night), Song, Op. 213 (1948)

Track 1:
Original recording 1948
Marc Lavry, Conductor
The National Opera Choir
The Israeli Folk Orchestra

Track 2:
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (the Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Variations: The song Kitatenu Balayla Tsoedet was arranged for:

  • Men’s choir and orchestra
  • Men’s choir and piano
  • Symphonic band
  • Mixed choir and orchestra

Lyrics: Avraham …

Festive Overture, Op. 269 (1957)

Recording: Not yet available

Orchestration: pic,2,2,eh,2,bcl,2-6,3,3,1-timp+3-hp,cel-str

Duration: 10 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Kineret (Sea of Galilee), Symphonic Poem, Op. 244 (1951)

Recording: Not yet available

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

Duration: 18 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Marc Lavry’s Symphonic Poem Kineret is based on his song Kineret composed to the lyrics of Avigdor Hameiri in 1939.
Programmatic in nature, the music describes Lake Kineret (the Sea of Galilee), its landscape, and the fickle nature of it, changing from calm blue waters and ferocious stormy waves.

Kineret was first performed in …

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 …

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…