SEARCH RESAULTS FOR Oud (5)

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"
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1999
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1999
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''Encounters I'' for Oud and Piano
2005, 11'34"
Encounters I is my first piece written for the Oud and particulary for the virtuosoOud player mr. Taiseer Elias. In this piece I’ve combined in a kind of confronting dialogue two instruments which represent typically their respective musical tradition: the noble Oud standing for the Middle – Eastern heritage and the Piano standing for the Western heritage. I’ve tried to emphasize in each instrument its typical attributes; The plucking and short notes of the Oud against the long sustain notes of the Piano using the pedal, and the linear quality of the Oud line against the chordal more densed texture of the Piano. The piece develops in a kind of free raphsodic way leaving ample of space for improvisation.
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11'34""
Composing Year:
1992
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2005
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''Encounters I'' for Oud and Piano (Video)
2007, 11'20"
Encounters I is my first piece written for the Oud and particulary for the virtuosoOud player mr. Taiseer Elias. In this piece I’ve combined in a kind of confronting dialogue two instruments which represent typically their respective musical tradition: the noble Oud standing for the Middle – Eastern heritage and the Piano standing for the Western heritage. I’ve tried to emphasize in each instrument its typical attributes; The plucking and short notes of the Oud against the long sustain notes of the Piano using the pedal, and the linear quality of the Oud line against the chordal more densed texture of the Piano. The piece develops in a kind of free raphsodic way leaving ample of space for improvisation.
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11'20""
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1992
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2007
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Concertino for Oud and Piano
Avner Biron 2001, 16'30"
Comissioned by the "Lille Festival" for the Israel Camerata-Jerusalem Orchestra. 
The concertino for oud, piano and string orchestra starts with an introduction in the spirit of a taqsim – the typical improvised opening so often found in Arabic music. From this opening dialogue between the oud and piano emerges the first section, in which the orchestra makes its entrance. All its melodic gestures have an ornamental character full of melismatic lines so dear to Middle Eastern music. The mosaic-like structure of this first section gains momentum and leads the second section, written in a more cantabile style somewhat similar to the Samai, an Arabic musical form with a specific 10/8 meter.
The third section, played uninterruptedly following the second one, consist of an improvised piano and then oud cadenzas, both accompanied by the orchestra, as well as an impromptu dialogue between the two instruments. The piece ends with short brilliant passages, played in unison, in homage to Arabic music.
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16'30""
Composing Year:
1994
Preformance Year:
2001
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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.
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12'28""
Composing Year:
1996
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2005
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