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Quintet for percussion and string quartet
2000, 14'40
The Quintet for Percussion & String Quartet is a chamber version of the Concertino for percussion & orchestra commissioned by the Israel Chamber Orchestra for the percussion artist Chen Zimbalista. Despite its origins, it has the distinct nature of a chamber work: the stirngs are equal partners throughout, the only exception being a semi-composed semi-improvised solo cadence for the percussionist.
Of the percussive instruments, the marimba is most prevalent, but various other instruments – with or without definite pitch – such as the vibraphone, cymbals and tam-tams, are also used. The Quintet, to be played as a continuous sequence, is of three sections, whose time ratios are arranged telescopically. The first is the longest and most complicated of the three, and ends with a cadence leading to the shorter expressive and lyrical second section, in which the strings come to the fore. Robust rhythmic qualities and a lively, bouncy tempo in the perpetuum mobile vain, characterize the third, even shorter, section which concludes the piece.
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14'40"
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2000
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2000
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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"
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1999
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1999
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''Monodialogue'' a Fantasy for Cello solo
, 13'15
 
The piece was originally written for and dedicated to the Violist Tabea Zimmermann and  was adapted for Violoncello by the Cellist Hillel Zori
 
The motive core of the piece is built on the realization of Tabea's first name syllables: 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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13'15"
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1999
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"Voices: Woman Man" (Video)
2007
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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1999
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2007
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Metamorphosis II - for piano solo (Video)
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""
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2008
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2008
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