Tag Archive: Jewish Theme

Three Jewish Dances for Piano, Op. 190 (1945)

Sher – Yemenite Wedding Dance – Hora

Note: This version is for Piano Solo. There are also versions for Violin and Piano (Opus 192) and Violin and Orchestra (Op. 192a).

Solo: Piano

Duration: 9 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Recordings: Not yet available

Synopsis:
A decade after immigrating to Israel Lavry wrote a compilation of Jewish dances. 

  • Sher (Scissors Dance): A Hassidic-Jewish style dance inspired by music

Pictures from Jerusalem, Suite for Orchestra, Op. 293 (1960)

From the Top of Mount Scopus – David’s Tower – An Oriental Suburb – The Wailing Wall – The Market – From the Top of Mount Scopus

Recording of the first performance of the composition, around the year 1960:
Mendy Rodan, Conductor
The Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Note: Part III, An Oriental Suburb, is missing from this recording. …

Shechora Ani (I am Black) for Soprano and Piano (From Song of Songs), Op. 137 (1940)

Note: Shechora Ani is an Aria from the Oratorio Song of Songs, Op. 137.


Sivan Goldman


Daniella Lugassy & Charles Spencer Live in Jerusalem

Solo: Soprano

Accompaniment: Piano

Lyrics: Song of Songs, chapter 1, Verses 5-6

Duration: 2:30 minutes

Additional details: email music@marclavry.org

Lyrics
Transliteration from Hebrew to English:

Shechora ani venava
bnot yerushalayim
Ke’ohalei kedar kiriyot shelomo
shechora ani venava.
Al tir’uni she’ani shcharchoret
sheshezafatni hashamesh.
Bnai i’mi, …

Tsror Hamor (A Sachet of Myrrh) for Soprano and Piano (From Song of Songs), Song, Op. 137 No. 9 (1940)

Note: Tsror Hamor is an Aria from the Oratorio Song of Songs, Op. 137.


Video recording from the June 17, 2012 Salute to Marc Lavry Concert:
Claire Meghnagi, Soprano
Irena Friedland, Piano

 

Solo: Soprano

Accompaniment: Piano

Lyrics: Song of Songs

Duration: 2:30 minutes

Additional details: email music@marclavry.org

Transliteration:
Tsror hamor
Dodi li,
Bein shadai yalin.

Yishakeini minshikot peehu,
Ki tovim dodecha miyayin.

B’tach dodi udmeh lecha litzvi,…

Tamar, Opera, Op. 276 (1958)

Opera in three acts

Excerpts from the Opera Tamar, conducted by Marc Lavry around 1960:
Aliza Levandovska, Mezzo Soprano
Lucie Arnon, Soprano
Mordechai Ben Shachar, Baritone
Efrayim Wagner, Bass
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

A few arias were recently performed in the English, the original language of the opera, by Zacharia …

Three Jewish Dances for Violin and Piano, Op. 192 (1945)

Sher – Yemenite Wedding Dance – Hora
Note: This version is for Violin and Piano. There are also versions for Piano Solo (Op. 190) and Violin and Orchestra (Op. 192a).


Jacques Israelievitch


Mischa Elman

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Solo: Violin

Accompaniment: Piano

Duration: 9 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
A decade after immigrating to Israel Lavry wrote a compilation of Jewish dances. 

  • Sher

Al Naharot Bavel (By the Rivers of Babylon) for Symphonic Orchestra, Op. 33.1 (1939)

Note: This version (Op 33.1) was composed in 1939 for Symphonic Orchestra. Al Naharot Bavel Op. 33 was written earlier in 1935 for Chamber Orchestra.

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

Orchestration: 1,1,1,1-4,0,0,0-timp+1-hp-str

Duration: 14:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
In a 1939 interview for the Davar newspaper, Lavry said about the composition: “Al Naharot Bavel” (By the …

Al Naharot Bavel (By the Rivers of Babylon) for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 33 (1935)

Note: This version (Op. 33) was composed in 1935 for Chamber Orchestra. Al Naharot Bavel Op. 33.1 was later written in 1939 for Symphonic Orchestra.


A recording from the Salute to Marc Lavry concert on June 17, 2012:
Barak Tal, Conductor
Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble

Orchestration: String Orchestra

Duration: 13:30 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
In a 1939 interview for the Davar newspaper, Lavry said about the composition: …

Song of Songs, Oratorio, Op. 137 (1940)

A 1962 recording:
Nurit Goren, Soprano
Shmaya Ashkenazi, Tenor
Mordechai Ben-Shachar, Baritone
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Baritone

Choir: Mixed Choir

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

Lyrics: Max Brod based on Song of Songs

Duration: 75 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
One of Lavry’s …

Sacred Service, Oratorio, Op. 254 (1954)

Excerpts from Sacred Service conducted by Marc Lavry, 1959:
Joshua Zohar, Baritone
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

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Note: See also Excerpts of Sacred Service for Children’s Choir, Cantor and Organ

Sacred Service at Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco 1955

Sacred Service at Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco 1955

Solo:
Baritone (Cantor)
Narrator…