Lahav Shani 2021, 10'6
Comissioned by the Thelma Yellin High School Symphonic Orchestra.
"Homage to Sasha Argov" is a kind of orchestral suite consisting of my arrangements to five of his most celebrated songs.
“Klezmer Suite” for Cl., Vla, D-B and Piano is the condensed Chamber Music version of my orchestral piece “Encounters IV-Suita Concertante for Classical Violin, Klezmer Violin and Chamber Orchestra”. This shortened version of the orchestral piece lasts app. 12’.
The piece is dedicated to my late father Daniel who was a superb musician and a wonderful Klezmer, playing Violin, Clarinet and Saxophone.
This is another one in a chain of pieces I've already written in the past-including my pieces for the Arabic Oud- which tries to bridge between different musical cultures. In this case it's the ethnic, folk-like klezmer tradition alongside that of the classical concert hall tradition.
The piece is written in one long movement, which flows from one mood to another, trying to reflect different emotional states.
I've used quite a few magnificent klezmer tunes and dances and added some original ones which I've invented.
Writing such a piece for me was a way to connect to the deepest and even primordial layers of my memories as an infant and a child. It deeply reflects my innermost beliefs as a Jewish musician and as a human being.
Ronit Shapira , 1'35"
Text by Nurit Yarchi
For choir a-capella
Ronit Shapira , 4'21"
Text from Yom Kippuer's Prayer
I was commissioned by the young and wonderful Pianist Benjy Hochman. It was conceived as a short (app. 6') self contained movement that could also be intergrated later as part of a longer piece yet to be written.
It develops out of a very small melodic and rhythmic cell that undergoes multiple phases changing its mood, texture, contour, rhythm and tempo.
From a nervous beginning, restless and inquiet, it becomes more and more energetic until its motoric impetus stops and the whole atmosphere changes and transforms to become static, colorful and melodic.
This mood lasts for a while but not for too long, when once again it changes to become charged with energy, reminiscent of the opening character.
The piece has a zipping quality, changing ideas quite fast, expressing in a way the uncertain and unstable situation so typical of our hyper tensioned life in Israel, our native land.