SEARCH RESAULTS FOR Jerusalem (11)

"Reflections"
Yehuda Gilad , 14'39
In my piece REFLECTION, which was commissioned by Maestro Yoel Levi for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, one can easily recognize several dominant influences on my creative output in the last years.
On the one hand my collaborative work with my wife, the choreographer Mimi Ratz-Wiesenberg is manifested in some dance like rhythms. On the other hand my renewed encounter with the Jazz world both as former Head of Jazz and Interdisciplinary Department at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the presence of my younger son Noam who is a Double Bass Jazz player. Last and not least my profound love for folk songs especially Ladino Yiddish and Hebrew songs is quite prominent.
 
At the center of the piece stands a most beautiful Ladino song, taken from the Jewish community of Sarajevo, which serves as the basic melodic and rhythmic material for many parts of the piece. In the course of writing I was haunted by some old Israeli songs belonging to my generation's collective sub consciousness and echoes of these recollections more or less obvious can be detected during the course of the piece.
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14'39"
Composing Year:
2002
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Concerto Da Camera - La Folia for Four Wind Instruments (fl, ob, bn, hn) & String Orchestra
Andrew Lawrence-King , 18'43
Commissioned by "The Israel Camerata-Jerusalem"
Written while being a fellow at the VCCA Virginia USA.   
  
 The Israel Camerata-Jerusalem Orchestra conducted by Andrew Lawrence-King
The work, which was commissioned by the Israel Camerata Jeruslaem and written while a fellow in VCCA, Virginia, USA, derives its inspiration from the traditional melodic – harmonic – rhythmic pattern called “La Folia” which served as a framework for dozen of works written since the Renaissance to the present day. The name’s origin relates to the fact that, at first it served as pattern for music and dance in which the dancers became ecstatic, and seemingly struck by madness.
In my treatment of this traditional form, I tried to derive my ideas from its typical melodic structure, its basic rhythmic character and its dance-like origin as well as form the obsessive, everlasting repetition of the basic pattern while making changes and variations, in my own language. 
The Work consists of four movements: Fast-slow-fast-slow, with the first three almost connected and the fourth independent.
This last movement is in the form of a funeral march in which I tried to express my feelings and pain in regard to the collapse of the process and the loss we are experiencing in the present era. 
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18'43"
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''Monodialogue'' a Fantasy for Viola solo
1999, 13'23"
Monodialogue a Fantasy for solo Viola is dedicated to the violist Tabea Zimmermann; the motive core of the piece is built on the realization of the letters of her first name: Ta-Be-A, which are translated musically into the German pitch names of Si-Si bemol-La (B-B flat-A). The form and shape of the work involves the examination of the interrelationships of these three pitches. As part of the motivic idea, the player is required to tune the viola's lowest string down a half step from the pitch Do (C) to the pitch Si (B). Monodialogue is a rather free piece as far as its tempi and change of moods are concerned. Its expressiveness owes a great deal of its inspiration to the unique and special character of Tabea Zimmermann.
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13'23""
Composing Year:
1999
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1999
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''Like Clay in the Potter's Hand'' for Viola and Piano
1997, 7'10"
Commissioned by the “Council for Culture and Art".
This is another version of my piece written for Vlc & Piano, which bears the same title and which was developed later to become my Cello Concerto. 
The title is drawn from the wonderful poetic verse, which is part of the prayer for the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur):
 
 
”Like the clay in the hand of the potter:
 
Who thickens or thins it at his will, 
 
So are we in Thy hand, gracious God, 
 
Forgive our sin, Thy covenant fulfil."
 
 
The special reciprocal relations which develop between the potter and the clay (the creator and the material) give a kind of conceptual frame to my work, in which the soloist assumes the role of the "potter" and the piano is the "clay". 
 
In the course of the short piece (8`) the listener witnesses the progression of relations between the creator and his spiritual creation, from the first moment of it's coming into being; through the struggle to give the formless matter the desired clear and distinct shape. From the state of contention the relations change into one of complete identification of the creator with his material, and this symbiosis frees the constraints of the material. It finds independence within the space and becomes its own master. What remains is an echo - the material gradually disappears, it evaporates leaving the creator drained… until his next composition. 
 
In spite of all these, the piece shouldn't be seen as programme music having a plot or describing anything, but rather represents pure and abstract music, which can stand on its own merits and listen to without all my private poetic connotations.
 
The work is written in expressive and chromatic language but a tonal center can be discerned (the tone C). It is based on the sound which derives from an ascending row of tones at intervals which grow from a small second to a small six.
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7'10""
Composing Year:
1994
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1997
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''Between the Sacred and the Profane'' for string quartet - I non troppo lento, un poco agitato
1998, 5'38"
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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5'38""
Composing Year:
1991
Preformance Year:
1998
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