Category Archives: Symphonic Orchestra

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 …

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 …

Israeliana, Suite for Orchestra, Op. 258 (1955)

Prelude – Flocks – Feast Dance – Hamsin (Heatwave) – Ancient Oriental Dance – Druze Dance

Note: This version (Op. 258) is for Symphonic Orchestra. Israeliana Op. 258a is written for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 258b is for Violin and Piano, and Op. 258c for Piano Solo.

Recording: Not yet available. A recording is available in the Violin and Orchestra version (Op. 258a).

Orchestration: pic,2,2,eh,2,bc,2,-4,3,3,1-timp+2-pn, …

Negev, Symphonic Poem, Op. 251 (1954)

Live recording, Jerusalem, January 25, 1962:
Marc Lavry, Conductor
The Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

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

Duration: 15 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:

In 1953, Prime-Minister David Ben-Gurion resigned from his government position and settled in the Negev desert.
Lavry, in his usual manner, reacted to the event by composing the symphonic poem “Negev” in which he describes the …

Menachem Mendel The Dreamer, Suite, Op. 105 (1940)

Overture – Dance – The Train – Theme and Variation – Polka

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

Note: This version (Op. 105) is for Symphonic Orchestra. Menachem Mendel Op. 103 is written for a theatrical play.

Orchestration: 1/pic,1,2,asx,1–2,2,1,1–hp,accordion-timp+2-str

Duration: 15:34 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Marc Lavry composed the music for Shalom …

Jerusalem, Symphonic Poem, Op. 43a (1937)

Note: This version (Op. 43a) is for Symphonic Orchestra. Jerusalem Op. 43 is written for Chamber Orchestra.

Recording: Not yet available

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

Duration: 13 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

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 …

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 …

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 …