MUSIC

''To Every Thing There is a Season''
Ronit Shapira , 4'13"
For Choir. Text: Ecclesiastes.
Duration:
4'13""
Composing Year:
1988
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''Three Water Girls''
Ronit Shapira , 3'33"
for choir. Text: N. Zarhi.
Duration:
3'33""
Composing Year:
1990
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''Go to the Ant''
Ronit Shapira , 3'37"
for choir. Text: Proverbs.
Duration:
3'37""
Composing Year:
1991
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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.
Duration:
12'28""
Composing Year:
1996
Preformance Year:
2005
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Double Concerto for Viola and Cello
Steven Sloane 2008, 15'12"
In Memoriam David Shallon.
The Double Concerto for Viola and Cello commissioned by the Deutsche Bremen Kammerphilharmonie and The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra for the German Violist Tabea Zimmermann and the Israeli Cellist  Hill Zori was written in Memoriam  Maestro David Shallon .
 
The work stresses the expressive and warm sound so typical of these two low string instruments- which have a strong affinity to the human voice.
 
The concise piece is based on three melodies. The first two are based on a Gregorian chant and a Jewish prayer (taken from the beginning of Amida prayer) for the High Holidays- which are melodically quite close to each other in a fascinating way. The third melody is a secular Israeli "folk song" written in the forties in an attempt to create genuine folk music for the Jews coming back to their home land. The two religious melodies which are quite intense and rhetoric set the mood for most of the piece. This emotionally charged atmosphere is changed later into the more relaxing and pastoral mood of the Israeli song which takes the piece to its end. 
 
The music develops in an uninterrupted flow moving directly from the first movement to the second one by means of a joint cadenza written for the two soloists.
Duration:
15'12""
Composing Year:
2008
Preformance Year:
2008
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