MUSIC

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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Homage to Alexander (Sasha) Argov
Lahav Shani 2021, 10'6
Comissioned by the Thelma Yellin High School Symphonic Orchestra.
"Homage to Sasha Argov" is a kind of orchestral suite consisting of my arrangements to five of his most celebrated songs.
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10'6"
Composing Year:
1999
Preformance Year:
2021
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Double Concerto for Viola Violoncello and Orchestra
Ariel Zukerman 2016, 16'47"
The Double Concerto for Viola and Cello commissioned by the Deutsche Bremen Kammerphilharmonie and The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra for the German Violist Tabea Zimmermann and the Israeli Cellist Hill Zori was written in Memoriam Maestro David Shallon . The work stresses the expressive and warm sound so typical of these two low string instruments- which have a strong affinity to the human voice. The concise piece is based on three melodies. The first two are based on a Gregorian chant and a Jewish prayer (taken from the beginning of Amida prayer) for the High Holidays- which are melodically quite close to each other in a fascinating way. The third melody is a secular Israeli "folk song" written in the forties in an attempt to create genuine folk music for the Jews coming back to their home land. The two religious melodies which are quite intense and rhetoric set the mood for most of the piece. This emotionally charged atmosphere is changed later into the more relaxing and pastoral mood of the Israeli song which takes the piece to its end. The music develops in an uninterrupted flow moving directly from the first movement to the second one by means of a joint cadenza written for the two soloists.
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16'47""
Composing Year:
2008
Preformance Year:
2016
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