Tag Archive: Jewish Theme

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 …

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…

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 …

Hayom Shabbat (Today is the Sabbath), Song, Op. 319 (1962)

Ronenay Hacarmel Choir
Marc Lavry (Conductor)

Variations: Three arrangements are available for the song:

  • A Cappella Choir
  • Solo and Piano
  • Solo and Orchestra

Lyrics: Michael Desheh

Duration: 1:35 minuntes

Additional details: email music@marclavry.org

Lyrics:
Hayom Shabbat/Michael Desheh
(transliterated from Hebrew to English)

Hayom lashemesh yoter or,
Hayom raki’a ram, tahor,
Hatziporim smechot gam hen,
Velaprachim kiflayim chen.

Gam ima chaviva kol kach
Ve’aba tov umevudach,
Mekushatim …

Shalom Aleichem Mal’achei Hashalom, (Shalom upon you, O ministering angels), Song, Op. 241 (1951)

Shalom Aleichem Malachei HashalomA historical recording from 1952:
Kol Zion Lagola Choir

Variations: Two arrangements are available for the song:

  • Choir and Piano
  • Choir and Orchestra

Lyrics: Liturgical hymn

Duration: 3:25 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Shalom Aleichem Malachei Hashalom 1Synopsis:
“Shalom Aleichem Malachei Hashalom” is a Jewish hymn recited on Friday night before the Sabbath (Shabbat) meal.
The poem is based on the legend of the sages in the Babylonian …

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

Ma Dodech Midod (What is thy beloved more than another beloved) for Voice and Orchestra (From Song of Songs), Song, Op. 137 No. 15 (1940)

Note: Ma Dodech Midod is an Aria from the Oratorio Song of Songs, Op. 137.

Yaffa Yarkoni, Voice
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)
Marc Lavry, Conductor

Lyrics: Song of Songs

Duration: 2:26 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Transliteration:
Ma dodech midod,
Hayafa banashim?
Ma dodech midod,
Shekacha hisba’atanu.

Dodi tzach ve’adom
Dagul …

Me’arat Hatishbi (Elijah’s Cave), Song, Op. 316 (1962)

Recorded in Jerusalem 1962
Lucie Arnon, Soprano
Marc Lavry, Conductor
The Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Variations: Three arrangements are available for the song:

  • Voice and Piano
  • Voice and Orchestra
  • A-Cappella Choir

Duration: 5:17 minutes

Lyrics: Shmuel Hupert

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Shortly before moving to the city of Haifa, Israel, Lavry met with poet Shmuel Hupert who gave him …