Category Archives: Orchestral Music

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 …

Andante for Orchestra – Tefilah (Prayer), Orchestral Movement, Op. 21 (1931)

Recording: Not available

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

Duration: 15:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
In 1931 Lavry attempted to write his first symphony, Symphony No. 1, Op. 21.
Upon completing the symphony, Lavry, who had already composed a large repertoire, felt that the composition did not meet his expectations of a first symphony. He decided to keep only the second movement, the Andante, and named the composition: Andante for …

Eretz Israel March No. 2 (The Brigade March), Op. 184 (1945)

Eretz Israel March - Cover page in Lavry's handwriting

Eretz Israel March - Cover page in Lavry's handwriting

March for Symphonic Band

Recording: Not yet available

Orchestration: pic,1,1,3,asx, tsx,bsx,-3,3,3,0-baritone,euphonium-2db-2perc

Duration: 4:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Eretz Israel March Score in Lavry's handwriting

Eretz Israel March Score in Lavry's handwriting

 

 

 

 

 

We’d like to thank Amit Gur who found the composition at the Shadmi collection at the Israeli National Library and brought to our attention.…

Chayei Adam (Life Cycle), Suite Grotesque, Op. 290 (1959)

A baby is born – Skating – By the campfire – First love – Military service – Wedding – The boss and young secretary – Political speech – Aging – Regressing back to childhood & Finale

Recording from 1959:
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Entertainment Ensemble of Kol Israel
Itzhak Shimoni, Narrator

Orchestration: pic,1,1,eh,1,bc,1-2,2,1,0- pn,cel, accordion-timp+2 -str

Duration: 22:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 10 (1931)

Note: This composition was written specifically for a Bechstein-Moor grand piano, which has two keyboards.

Solo: Bechstein-Moor piano

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

Duration: 22:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Recording: Not yet available

Synopsis:

A 1931 placard for the premiere of the Concerto for Piano Op 10

A 1931 placard for the premiere of the Concerto for Piano Op 10

The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 10, was the first composition ever written for a two-keyboard piano, the Bechstein-Moor grand piano, named …

Fantastische Suite (Fantastic Suite) for Orchestra, Op. 9

Allegro moderato (Vorspiel) – Allegretto (Scherzo) – Andante – Allegro – Tempo di Marcia (Groteske)

Fantastische Suite - 1Recording: Not yet available

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

Duration: 15:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
The Fantastische Suite consists of five movements:

  • Allegro moderato (Vorspiel)
  • Allegretto (Scherzo)
  • Andante
  • Allegro
  • Tempo di Marcia (Groteske)

Fantastische Suite - 2The Fantastische Suite was composed in 1930 in Lavry’s European style for which he was known prior to immigrating to Israel. …

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

Hamaccabiah Tsoedet (The Maccabiah Marches), Song, Op. 234 (1950)

Maccabia_3Track 1: Hamaccabiah Tsoedet for voice, choir and orchestra
Original recording from 1950
Naomi Zuri, Mezzo Soprano
Marc Lavry, Conductor
The National Opera Choir
The Israeli Folk Orchestra

Track 2: Hamaccabiah Tsoedet for symphonic band
Shalom Ronly-Riklis, Conductor
Israel Defense Forces Orchestra

Variations: Three arrangements are available for the song:

  • Voice and piano
  • Voice, choir and orchestra
  • Symphonic band

Lyrics: Avraham Broides

Shir Hashririm (The Muscles Song), Song, Op. 307 (1961)

An anthem of the seventh international rally of Hapoel Association

Original borchure for Shir Hashririm, from the 7th International Rally of the Hapo'el Association in 1960

Original borchure for Shir Hashririm, from the 7th International Rally of the Hapo’el Association in 1960

Recording: Not yet available

Variations: Two arrangements are available for the song:

  • Voice and piano
  • Symphonic band

Orchestration: pic,1,1,3,1 -3,3,3,1-baritone -perc

Duration: 3:00 minutes

Lyrics: Yossi Gamzu (see Hebrew lyrics)

Additional details: email music@marclavry.org

Synopsis:
The song Shir Hashririm (The Muscle Song) was composed …