SEARCH RESAULTS FOR Orchestral (19)

"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 for Oud
Stanley Sperber 1999, 23'42
The composition, commissioned by the Haifa Symphony Orchestra for the oud player Taisir Elias, is a sequel to three previous pieces I have already written for this special instrument, which is closley identified with Arab music. The instrument’s characteristics and its typical sonorities, fuel my imagination as a Jewish Israeli contemporary composer, looking for a language that will combine naturally and organically my Western, Classical origins, with the Oriental sounds that surround me.
Dealing with the concerto form while referring to the Oud as a solo instrument, seemed to me highly fascinating and attractive, and my familiarity with Taisir Elias’s virtuoso abilities, convinced me to write for this unique combination of Symphonic Orchestra and the Oud, dealing with the complexities this adventure arises.
The piece is another humble effort of mine to try and bridge the gap between cultures and nations, through music.
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23'42"
Composing Year:
1999
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1999
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''Kaleidoscope''
1996, 9'9"
comissioned by the Musica Nova Consort.
I have chosen this combination of instruments which produces a very specific sound in which the flute is quite conspicuous. My compositional point of departure was the sonority of the ensemble and therefore I have tried to use instruments of different families which permit a variety of sound production; wind, string,  plucked instrument and tuned percussion instruments of wood and metal.
There is only one movement and the work is interally divided into two sections which differ from one another but are connected through common thematic material. The material was drawn from the name Rami which by association reminds one of the notes RE and MI (D and E). Both notes run throughout the composition in various ways. The other materials are taken from the scales typical of my chosen instruments, in particular from the pentatonic scale of the marimba and the natural diatonic scale of the harp.
The character is strongly influenced by the impression of a colourful kleidoscope, whose images change fast. It finds expression in the first section in fast changing materials which are almost never repeated, but are placed side by side. Fast motoric parts alternate in the piece with lyrical expressive passages. In the second section the colouring and kleidoscopic character stem from a different treatment – from the harmonic, rhythmic and orchestral aspect – of a melodic idea which repeats itself time and again as if in a persistent ritual.
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9'9""
Composing Year:
1996
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1996
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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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Concertino for Cello and String Orchestra
Yehuda Gilad 2005, 13'
The concertino for cello & string orchestra – “As the Clay in the Potter’s Hand” is a shorter version of my concerto for cello and symphonic orchestra.
The sub-title is drwan from the wonderful poetic verse which is part of the prayer for the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).
The piece is played in one continuous flow with no interruptions, but it is subdivided internally into five sections, examining musically the special reciprocal relations between the creator (the cello) and its material (the orchestra). In the course of the piece the listener is exposed to the ever changing relations between the two, from the struggle to give the formless idea a clear and distinct shape through the complete identification of the creator with his material, until the moment the material becomes fully independent and free on its own right. Now it is the time of departing and seperating, what remains is an echo – a reflection of the material in its creator’s mind, then the material gradually disappeaas. It evaporates leaving the creator drained… until his next composition.
In spite of all this description the piece should not be seen as programme music, but rather as pure absolute music. I just wanted to share with the listners the poetic trigger that was at the bottom of the spiritual process that led me to write my music.
The piece grows out of a kernel idea: a kind of a sound which derives from an ascending row of tones at intervals which grow from minor second to minor sixth, The work is written in expressive chromatic language but a tonal center can be discerne (the tone C) which recurs throughout the entire work abd serves as its anchor.
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13'"
Composing Year:
1998
Preformance Year:
2005
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