MUSIC

''Between the Sacred and the Profane'' for string quartet
1998, 9'39"
Between the Sacred and the Profane for String Quartet has two movements based on rhythmic and melodic materials which draw upon sources of Jewish liturgical music and songs of the various communities of the people of Israel.  The first movement is based on a limited number of biblical cantillations combining two versions: the Moroccan-Casablanca version and the Spanish-Jerusalem one. It is a recitative, prayer-like in character and embodies both the prayers of the individual and of the congregation. It is freely constructed and its language is chromatic and expressive. The second movement is based, in the main, on three wedding songs of the Jewish community of Tetuan in Spanish Morocco which is renowed for the beauty and wealth of its songs. The songs were picked out from the anthology "the Cycle of Life", edited by Dr. Shoshana Weich-Shahak. These are Ladino songs influenced by Spanish melos and rhythm yet they retain the taste of biblical cantillations. The work was commissioned by the Israeli Music Heritage Project.
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9'39""
Composing Year:
1991
Preformance Year:
1998
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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
Preformance Year:
2002
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