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Concertino for Oud and Piano
Avner Biron 2021
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.
Composing Year:
1994
Preformance Year:
2021
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Klezmer Suite
2021, 13'43"
“Klezmer Suite” for Cl., Vla, D-B and Piano is the condensed Chamber Music version of my orchestral piece “Encounters IV-Suita Concertante for Classical Violin, Klezmer Violin and Chamber Orchestra”. This shortened version of the orchestral piece lasts app. 12’. The piece is dedicated to my late father Daniel who was a superb musician and a wonderful Klezmer, playing Violin, Clarinet and Saxophone. This is another one in a chain of pieces I've already written in the past-including my pieces for the Arabic Oud- which tries to bridge between different musical cultures. In this case it's the ethnic, folk-like klezmer tradition alongside that of the classical concert hall tradition. The piece is written in one long movement, which flows from one mood to another, trying to reflect different emotional states. I've used quite a few magnificent klezmer tunes and dances and added some original ones which I've invented. Writing such a piece for me was a way to connect to the deepest and even primordial layers of my memories as an infant and a child. It deeply reflects my innermost beliefs as a Jewish musician and as a human being.
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13'43""
Preformance Year:
2021
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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
Preformance Year:
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
Preformance Year:
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
Preformance Year:
2007
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