MUSIC

An Octet Movement - Homage to Mendelssohn
1999, 8'12"
Comissioned by Kesht Eilon Violin Mastercourse. 
The piece is directly influenced by the brilliant and best known work for this special ensemble: Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings. My Piece is largely based on the central, uplifting theme that opens Mendelsshon’s octet, which of course has undergone considerable melodic, harmonic and rhythmic transformations in passing through my personal prism. The texture of my piece is many times either antiphonal (a group against group) or responsorial (soli against group). The work has a sweeping, rhythmic character, and on a large scale constitutes a tribute to youth and to the “Joie de Vivre” that youth embodies.
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8'12""
Composing Year:
1999
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1999
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''Song of Land'' for Viola and Piano
, 3'33"
Taken from the cycle "Song of Land" for Mezzo-Sopran and Piano. 
Music by A. Argov.
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3'33""
Composing Year:
1988
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Trio (Lamento) for Oud, Cello and Piano
2005, 12'28"
Commissioned by Wisconsin University.
The Trio was commissioned by the Cellist Uri Vardi, and funded by the University of Wisconsin in Madison.   I wrote the piece in a belated response to the murder of the Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin.   It is a continuation of my earlier works which combine the oud with Western instruments in the context of Western music. The work develops in a free associative manner and contains, side by side, written parts open to improvisation by one of the instruments on the basis of ostinato (a repetitive pattern) by the other two. In spite of the work being constructed as a mosaic which underlines the oriental influences therein, it has also melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and orchestral motivic elements which are repeated, in transformation, throughout the piece and contribute to its unity. The character of the work is mainly gloomy and lamenting. Towards the end, however, a glimmer of hope and optimism can be felt.
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12'28""
Composing Year:
1996
Preformance Year:
2005
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''Primus Inter Pares''
2002, 11'45"
 "Primus Inter Pares" (which means in Latin –first among equals) was commissioned by the "Relache" ensemble based in Philadelphia, USA.
The piece's name alludes to the relatively prominent role of the Marimba compared to the other instruments and it was dedicated to the Israeli percussionist Chen Zimbalista. The piece is based on three Ladino songs taken out of a book called "the Cycle of Life" edited by the musicologist Dr. Shoshana Weich-Shachak. The songs serve as a "shadow" pool, which I have drawn my main melodic and rhythmic motives from, but at same time the beautiful songs themselves appear fully also in the course of the piece treated in my own harmonic language. The piece is quite rhythmical and it combines the ethnic-folkloristic element with a contemporary, art music idiom. 
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11'45""
Composing Year:
2002
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2002
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''Entrapped Bird''
1998, 9'56"
This song cycle written in 1998 for Voice.Vln.Ob.(or Cl.)and Pno. is based on three poems by the late Israeli  Poet Ya’ir Hurwitz .I used only three of the 18 short poems, all relating to death.This was his last book and he wrote these songs on his death bed.The entrapped bird is a metaphor of his soul being imprisoned in his sick body, waiting, in a sense, to be freed. I’ve tried to portray this dark and very painful atmosphere in my music using a chromatic and expressive musical language.
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9'56""
Composing Year:
1998
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1998
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