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Marchenbilder - IV. Langsam, mit melancholischem Ausdruck
2005, 6'31"
By Robert Schumann (1810-1856).
for Viola and Piano, op. 113
By Robert Schumann (1810-1856).
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Composing Year:
1849
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2005
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''Nocturne'' from suite op. 20b
2005, 4'24"
By Paul Ben-Haim.
The Nocturno Op.20B was written by the German born,Israeli Composer, Paul Ben Haim(1897-1984)as part of his Second Suite for Piano(1935-6)after immigrating to Israel-then Palestine.The Nocturno was published seperately and  it manifests clearly the change of style the composer underwent when he was looking for a new musical lsnguage to express himself in his new Middle Eastern home..Ben Haim is one of the Forefathers of Israeli Art Music and one of the founder of the Middle Eastern Movement  in Israeli Music.The piece,typical of his style,is based on a mixture of French “Impressionism”(harmonic colours) and melodic attributes such as ornamentations and improvisatory character coming from Arabic Music.It starts with the two hands playing unison  in a kind of Recitativo gesture, accompanied by chords reminding us of plucking instruments.The piece gathers momentum until its claimax and then recedes and quites down towards the end.It’s a very sensuous direct and appealing  piece,a true blending of 
East and West.
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4'24""
Composing Year:
1949
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2005
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Metamorphosis I - for piano solo
2007, 6'53"
Metamorphosis 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.
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6'53""
Composing Year:
2006
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2007
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Metamorphosis II - for piano solo
2008, 10'27"
Commissioned by the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition as a mandatory piece in the 2008 Competition.
Metamorphosis I examines in a way the most resonant intervals-the perfect octave and the perfect fifth. These first two intervals of the overtone series were almost banned by the most strict followers of the atonal and serial music. This extreme stand was partly due to their reaction against the excessive use of octaves in the Romantic piano literature and partly because the fifth as a delimited interval defined the major and minor chords representing the tonal/modal system they wanted to abolish. Also by being so consonant and stable, using these intervals was against the sentiments of an epoch sanctifying dissonance and instability.
 
These very attributes mentioned above are those which attract my creative imagination and my musical sensibility. I like the very fact that these intervals are so sonorous and their use seems to me to be very idiomatic and natural for the piano.
 
The very different, even contrasting moods of the consequent movements conceal the fact that they all share the basic musical material which undergoes far reaching changes-in short –a metamorphosis.
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10'27""
Composing Year:
2008
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2008
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''Entrapped Bird''
1998, 9'56"
This song cycle written in 1998 for Voice.Vln.Ob.(or Cl.)and Pno. is based on three poems by the late Israeli  Poet Ya’ir Hurwitz .I used only three of the 18 short poems, all relating to death.This was his last book and he wrote these songs on his death bed.The entrapped bird is a metaphor of his soul being imprisoned in his sick body, waiting, in a sense, to be freed. I’ve tried to portray this dark and very painful atmosphere in my music using a chromatic and expressive musical language.
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9'56""
Composing Year:
1998
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1998
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