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.
The video dance presents a non-place, which allows the spectator to situate the event according to his imagination.
A human body moves alone in an infinite white space, seeking a foothold within it and out of it.
A white screen hints at the moment before creation, and at the experience of deletion and sudden disappearance.
Choreography : Mimi Ratz-Wiesenberg
Music : Menachem Wiesenberg -- " Metamorphosis II "
Dancer : Andreas Merk
Piano : Roman Rabinovich
Mimi Ratz Wiesenberg-Choreography
Menachem Wiesenberg-Music (Monodialogue)
Tabea Zimmermann - Viola
The inspiration for my piece “Mizmor Shir” came from two different though complementary sources: First of all from the sound of my beloved first granddaughter name- Shir which means a song in Hebrew. The second source of inspiration comes from the holy book of Psalms, as many chapters of this book start with this expression –Mizmor Shir which literally means a Hymn song. In many of these chapters the harp is mentioned as one of the main instruments taking place in the performances of these ceremonial songs so I felt only natural to call my harp solo piece Mizmor Shir.
The main rhythmic pattern of the piece comes from the way one expresses the name of the piece in Hebrew, and the character of the piece is basically lyrical and singing like even though there are some active and virtuoso sections too.
Music for dance.