Tag Archive: Historic Event

Dan Hashomer (Dan the Guard), Opera, Op. 158 (1941-2)

Excerpts from a historical recording of the Opera Dan Hashomer, conducted by Marc Lavry around 1950:
Paulo Gorin, Baritone
Abraham Wilkomirsky, Tenor
Shoshana Shoshan, Soprano
Ina Goldenstein, Soprano
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Dan Hashomer - Taking bows (1945)

Dan Hashomer – Taking bows (1945)

Solo: 3S, T, 2Bar, B

Choir: Mixed Choir

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

Lyrics: S. …

Symphony No. 2 (Independence Symphony), Op. 233 (1950)

For Voice, Choir and Orchestra

A 1951 recording:
Naomi Zuri (Mezzo Soprano)
Marc Lavry (Conductor)
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Baritone or Mezzo Soprano

Choir: Mixed Choir

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

Duration: 27:00 minutes

Lyrics: Avraham Broides, Avigdor Hame’iri

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Dedicated to his wife Helena Lavry, …

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 …

Alei Dvai (Leaves of Sorrow), Cantata, Op. 238 (1951)

Prelude – Kaddish (Mourning) – Intermezzo – In Tears – On Guard at Night – Your Will – Song of Praise

Recorded on May 2, 1967 at the YMCA Hall in Jerusalem:
Willie Haparnas, Baritone
Eitan Lustig, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Baritone

Choir: Mixed Choir

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

Lyrics:

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 …

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 …

Sipur (Story), Song, Op. 266 (1956)

Netania Davrath, Soprano
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Variations: Several arrangements are available for the song:

  • Voice with Piano
  • Choir and Orchestra

Lyrics: Ora Shem-Or

Duration: 6:01 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
The song was composed right after the 1956 Sinai war. The lyrics tell about a Yuval, a …

General Balodis Parade March, Op. 18 (~1933)

Recorded in January 2011 by the National Armed Forces Band of the Republic of Latvia.
Conductor – Lieutenant Commander Guntis Kumacevs
Sound Engineer – Vilnis Kundrats.

Orchestration: pic,2fl,1ob,3cl,1bn-1tsx,2asx,1bsx,1baritne-4hn,2tp,2cornet,2tbn,1bass-tbn, 2cTuba-3,3,1-euphonium,snare drum, bass drum, cymbals

Duration: 2 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Marc Lavry composed the march in 1933 in honor of Latvian General Janis Balodis. It was written about 2 years before Lavry immigrated …

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.…

Mivtza Kadesh (The Text of the Order of the Day), Cantata (1957)

Cantata for Baritone, Choir and Orchestra

Mivtza Kadesh in Marc Lavry's Handwriting

Mivtza Kadesh in Marc Lavry’s Handwriting

A recording from the ninth Israeli Independence Day ceremony, May 15, 1957:
Zipora Kuperman, Alto*
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)
*Note: Even though the composition was written for a solo Baritone, the solo part in is