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Orchestral Works
Solo Instrument and Orchestra
Chamber Music

Music for Solo Instrument

Vocal Music - Music for Solo Voice

Music for Choir and Orchestra

Music for Choir and Instrument/s

Music for Choir a cappella

Electronic Music



Prayer for string orchestra (1961). IMI, 10'

Meditations on a Drama for chamber orchestra (1966). ACUM prize 1966. IMI, 15'

De Profundis String Quartet No. 2 (1969) Version for string orchestra. Lieberson Prize 1970. IMI, 10'
Holiday Metaphors for symphony orchestra (1970). Commissioned by the IPO. Engel Prize 1973. IMI, 17'

By the Rivers of Babylon for symphony orchestra (1971, rev 1972). Commissioned by the ICO. IMI, 15'

On This Cape of Death for chamber orchestra after H.N.Bialik (1974). IMI, 12'

Torso two movements for symphonic orchestra (1977). IMI, 17’

Programme Music 1980 for symphony orchestra (1980). Commissioned by the JCO. IMI, 18'

Metamorphoses on a Bach Chorale for symphony orchestra (1985). Commissioned by the JCO. IMI, 18'

Desert Scenes, a symphony in three movements (1991). Commissioned by the IPO. IMI, 20'

The Three Legged Monster, a musical legend for narrator, orchestra & piano (1965). Text by Hanna Yaddor-Avni. Optional   illustrations to be projected at the performance by Lucy Elkivity, self-published, 24'

Shaalu Shlom Yerushalayim (Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem), fantasy for orchestra (1997). Commissioned by the World Orchestra of the Jeunesses Musicales. IMI, 12'

Holiday Fanfare for symphony orchestra (1998). IMI, 6'

Se Questo E Un Uomo (If This is a Man), song cycle for soprano (or tenor) and orchestra on poems by Primo Levi (1998). IMI, 24'

The Ship of Hours four symphonic movements after paintings by Mordechai Ardon (1999). Commissioned by the Saarland Radio Orchestra. IMI, 24'

Controversies for string orchestra (or string quartet) (2002). IMI, 12'

Paths of Time for string orchestra (or string quartet) (2003). IMI, 12'

Bach Bamizrach (Bach in the East), passacaglia on a theme in C minor by J.S. Bach (2006). Commissioned by the JSO. IMI, 5'

The New Middle East for symphony orchestra (2013). Commissioned by the Jerusalem Music Academy. IMI, 10'


Two Psalms for oboe and string orchestra (or string quartet) (1975). IMI, 10'

Epigram of David for harp and string quartet. (Version for string orchestra 1975). IMI, 15'

Kaddish for cello (or clarinet, or viola) and strings (or piano) (1987). Commissioned by the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra. IMI, 7'

Mizmor for santour (or xylophone or marimba) and string orchestra (1988). Commissioned by the IBA. IMI, 8'

Karev Yom (A Day is Near), variations on  a Hassidic song for oboe (or clarinet) and string orchestra (or string quartet) (1964, rearranged 2000). IMI, 9'

Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (2001). IMI, 18'

Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (2010). Commissioned by the Duisburg Symphony Orchestra, dedicated to the pianist Heidrun Holtmann. IMI, 22'

Don Quixote, concerto for French horn and orchestra in three movements (2015). Commissioned by the Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra. IMI, 20'


Pastorale and Dance for clarinet and piano (1955/2003). IMI, 12'

Quintet for woodwinds (1959). IMI, 18'

Summer Strings: String Quartet No. 1 (1962), IMI, 10'

Yom (A Day is Near), variations on  a Hassidic song for oboe (or clarinet) and string quartet(1964, rearranged 2000). IMI, 9'

Two Pieces for Four Clarinets (1965). IMI, 8'

Silhouettes for flute and percussion (1966). IMI, 6'

Five Pantomimes for 8 players (fl, cl, hn, tpt, vla, db, pno, perc), based on paintings by Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, Dali, Klee (1968). Commissioned by the Israel Composers' Fund. IMI, 18'

De Profundis: String Quartet No. 2 (1969) Lieberson Prize 1970. IMI, 10'

Four Simple Pieces for flute and piano (1970). IMI, 7'

Two Psalms for oboe and string quartet (or string orchestra) (1975). 10'

Epigram of David for harp and string quartet (1957). (ver. for string orchestra 1975). IMI, 15'

Beyond the Curtain for piano quartet (pno, vln, vla, vcl) (1979). Commissioned by the New York Cantilena Players. IMI, 15'

Tandu for two flutes (1982). IMI, 10'

Kaddish for cello (or clarinet or violin) and piano (1987). IMI, 8'

Saxophone quartet (1990). Commissioned by the Rascher Quartet. MS, 14'

Fagotti Fugati duo for two bassoons (1991). 7'

Odekha Ki Anitani variations on a Sephardic tune for recorder ensemble (1992). Commissioned by the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture. IMI, 10'

Odekha Ki Anitani new version for flute quartet (incl. piccolo, alto, and bass flutes) (1996). IMI, 10'

Controversies, seven dialogues for violin and cello (or a group of vlns and vlcs) (2002). IMI, 12'

Nocturne with Bees and Fireflies for plucked strings (2002). IMI, 8'

Paths of Time string quartet No. 3 (or string orchestra) (2003). IMI, 12'

Mirage after paintings by Joan Miro for violin, violoncello, double bass and piano (2004). IMI, 14'

Bridges (Gesharim) for two violins (2004). IMI, 8'

Pas de Deux for violin and piano (2006). IMI, 10'

Credo for violin, viola, and violoncello (2007). Commissioned by the Offenburg String Trio. IMI, 12'

Saxophone Quartet (1990/2008). 12'

Hommage á Bloch sonata for cello and piano (2008). IMI, 10'

Quintet for clarinet and string quartet (2011). IMI, 22'

Reflections for violin and cello (2016). 8' (MS)

Pas de Deux version for violin and string orchestra (Arrangement by Kolja Lessing 2018). IMI 12'

Duo for piccolo and tuba (2018) 8' (MS)

Zwei Frösche an der Saar (Two Frogs at the Saar) for violin and viola (2018). 3' (MS)

Five Preludes for flute, cello, and harp, to poems of Rose Ausländer (2012). 15' (MS)



Piano Sonata No. 1 in three movements (1961). IMI, 4'

Capriccio for piano (1955, rev. 1975). IMI, 4'

Epitaph piano sonata No. 2 (1979). ACUM publication prize. IMI, 17'

On the Verge of Time piano sonata no. 3 (1983). Commissioned by the Tel Aviv Foundation for Culture and Literature. IMI, 12'

Triptych for piano (1993). Commissioned by the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. IMI, 10'

From There and Then prelude and pasacaglia for piano (1994-8). IMI, 8'

From my Diary, five movements for piano (2001). IMI, 14'

Autumn Interludes for piano (2006). IMI, 17'

In Spite of All That, sonata brevis for piano (2014). Commissioned and premiered by Heidrun Holtman. IMI, 13'

Dedication for piano (2016). IMI, 3'

One to One, five miniatures for piano (2018). IMI, 10'

Other Instruments

Chaconne for harp (1962). IMI, 5’

Elegy for solo cello (1967). IMI, 5’

Echoes from the Past for clarinet (1970) IMI, 6’

Vitrage for harp (1990). Commissioned for the 1991 International Harp Competition. IMI, 7'

Anthropomorphic Landscape No. 1 for flute (1996). IMI, 5'

Anthropomorphic Landscape No. 2 for oboe (1996). IMI, 6'

Anthropomorphic Landscape No. 3 for clarinet (1997). IMI, 6'

La Plus Que Breve for clarinet (1998). IMI, 1'

Yizkor for flute solo (2000). IMI, 4'

Phoenix for viola solo (2001). IMI, 8'

Triptych - three monologues for bassoon (2002). IMI, 6'

Three Pieces for cello (2003). IMI, 7'

There was a Man, elegy for French horn (2004) in memoriam Uri Adelman. IMI, 3'

Nigunim for Hanne'le for clarinet or bass clarinet (2005). IMI, 6'

Intermezzo for double bass (2006). IMI, 5'

Prelude and Scherzo for flute or piccolo (2000/2007?). IMI, 5'

Fantasy for harp (2010). Commissioned by The International Harp Competition. IMI, 7'

Kol for solo violin. Dedicated to Kolja Lessing. IMI, 7'


Music for Solo Voice

Three Songs from “Song of Songs” for soprano or tenor and piano (1957), version for voice and chamber orchestra (1957). IMI, 7'

Three Little Night Songs for soprano and piano (1957). Text by Lea Goldberg. IMI, 5'

By the Depth of a River for mezzo-soprano and piano (1969-75). Text by Mati Katz. IMI, 10'

Leda and the Swan for soprano (or mezzo) and clarinet (1976). Quasi text by the composer. IMI, 8'

Love Under a Different Sun, five songs for mezzo-sopr, fl, vln, vlc (1982). Texts: folklore from various Mideastern and African tribes, translated into Hebrew by Rina Shani. IMI, 14'

Three Lyric Songs on Paul Celan's Poems for mezzo-soprano, English horn & harp (1991). Text: Paul Celan. IMI, 8'
Three Ladino Songs, arrangement for voice & piano (1995). Texts: Ladino folklore. EME, 10'

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem for alto and violin (1995). Song of Solomon 3. 5'

Se Questo E Un Uomo (If This is a Man), song cycle for soprano (or tenor) and orchestra on poems by Primo Levi (1998). IMI, 24'
The Night Breathes Velvet, two nocturnes and intermezzo for soprano, piano and flute (1999). Text by Christina Hasenklever-Zbeida. IMI, 10'

Reflections three songs for soprano (mezzo-soprano) and piano (2004). Based on poems by Amir Gilboa. IMI, 10'

Feste Shtilkeit (Deep Silence), three Yiddish songs for alto and percussion (2003). Text by A. Halfi (translated into Yiddish by B. Kopstein). IMI, 9'

The Bride for soprano, oboe and percussion (2010) Dedicated to Anna Haase, based on the title of a painting by Marcel Duchamp. 4.5'

Vision of the Prophets for soprano and clarinet (2013). Text: Yaacov Bousidan. IMI, 5'


The Destruction of the Temple - Text: Baruch’s Vision (Apocrypha). (1968) Comm. by Testimonium. IMI, 12'

Jerusalem of the Heavens, allegoric fantasy for mixed choir and orchestra (1968). Text: Kabbalah (Aramaic). Commissioned by Testimonium. IMI, 10'

Deep Calleth unto Deep (Psalms 129, 42, 117) Cantata for soprano, mixed choir and orchestra (or organ) (1989). Commissioned by the Tel Aviv Philharmonic Choir. IMI, 18'


All the Time for women’s or children’s choir and piano (1997). Text: Amir Gilboa. IMI, 5'

Apropos Klee, four pieces for mixed choir, piano, clarinet/bass clarinet and percussion (one player) (2000). Based on four paintings by Paul Klee. Texts: Tzvi Avni, Leah Goldberg and Psalm 18. Commissioned by the Saarland Radio Choir. IMI, 21'

Fantasy on Debka Rafiach for children's choir and piano (2006). MS, 6'

Reflection two songs  for voice and piano, on poems by Amir Gilboa. MS, 7'


Mizmorei Tehilim (Psalm canticles) for mixed choir (1967). Commissioned for the 1967 Zimryia. IMI, 7'

On Mercy (Al Harahamim) (1973). Text by Y. Amihai. IMI, 5'

Three Madrigals (1978). Text by Lea Goldberg. Commissioned by the Boston Zamir Chorale. IMI, 10'

Upon the High Cymbals [satb] (1981). MS, 6'

Teach Me My Lord for female choir [s1, s2, alto] (1982). Text by Lea Goldberg. MS, 6'

Wind in the West [satb] (1984). Text: Japanese Haiku. Commissioned by the Youth Choral Workshop. IMI, 5'

A Clock in the Clouds [satb] (1985). Text by Y. Shavit. Commissioned by the 1985 Zimryia. IMI, 8'

The City Plays Hide and Seek for female choir (1986). Text by Y. Amihai. Commissioned by the Youth Choral Workshop. IMI, 6'

A Song of Degrees (Psalm 120) [satb] (1986). IMI, 6'

Makhelorka, three songs for female (or children's) choir (1992). Text: poems by F. G. Lorca. Commissioned by the Youth Choral Workshop. IMI. 9'

Halleluya for mixed choir (satb) (1993). MS, 6'

Poems and Melodies for mixed choir (in memoriam Yitzhak Rabin) (1995). Text by Natan Zach. Commissioned by the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture. IMI, 5'

Hodaya (Thanksgiving) for mixed choir (1997). Text by A. Shlonsky. Commissioned by the Toronto Jewish Music Society. IMI, 5'

A Wind Has Blown the Rain Away for mixed choir, (2000). Text (in English) by e.e. cummings. IMI, 5'

The Niggun that Wasn't for mixed choir (S,Bar) (2005). Quasi-text by the composer. MS, 4'

The Lord is my Shepherd, Motet for choir (2007). Psalm 23. 5'

A Time for Everything for mixed choir (2008). Text: Ecclesiastes 3. IMI, 7'​

Blessed is the Man for children's or women's choir, (S.M.A.) (2010). 8'

Orpheus Laments for mixed choir (2017). Text: Nathan Zach. IMI, 5'


Vocalise (1964). Vox - Turnabout Rec, 6'

Collage (1967) for Voice (Mez.), fl, perc(1) & Tape. Text: Yehuda Amihai IMI, 8'

Lyric Episodes for oboe and tape (1972). Commissioned by the Bat-Sheva Dance Company. MS, 10'

Synchromotrask for female voice, tape and a door (1976). Text by the composer. Commissioned by the IBA. MS, 12'

A Monk Observes a Skull for mezzo-sopr., vcl, tape (1981). Text by Asher Reich. Inspired by El Greco. MS, 8'

Five Variations for Mr. K. for percussion instruments (1) and electroacoustic tape (1983/2002). IMI, 12'



Summer Strings - String Quartet No. 1 - New Israel String Quartet. MII-CD-18 (1966)


Two Psalms - Oded Pintus - oboe; Israel Chamber Orchestra; Yoav Talmi - conductor+


La Plus Que Breve - Guido Arbonelli - clarinet (1990)

Program Music - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Zubin Mehta – conductor. Inak-995 CD (1991)

Psalms, On Mercy - Cameran Singers; Avner Itai - conductor. MII-CD-12 (1992)

Makhelorca - Moran Choir, Beit Yitzhak; Naomi Faran - conductor (1992)

Beside the Depth of a River, Collage, Leda and the Swan, A Monk Observes a Skull, Love under a Different Sun

Emilie Berendsen - Mezzo soprano, Members of the Group for New Music and guest artists; Director: David Bloch SYMPOSIUM 1100 (1992)

Triptych - Ohad Ben-Ari - piano. ARPC (199


About Mercy - Kibbutz Artzi Choir; Yuval Ben Ozer, conductor (1996)

Piano Sonata No. 1 - Pnina Salzman, piano. MII-CD-19 (1996)

Five Variations for Mr. K. - Oron Schwartz, percussion. JMC-CD-113 (1996)

Two Pieces for 4 Clarinets - C. Miotto, L. Saracca, G. Arbonelli, I. Gambini. MPS Music and Video MPS-CD-005 (1997)
AT SUNDOWN - Poems by Mati Katz

Beside the Depth of a River - Sharon Rostorf, soprano; Tomer Lev, piano. ACUM (1997)

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem - Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra; Yakov Kreizberg, conductor. JMW 098 (1998)

Three Songs from "Song of Songs", Three Little Night Songs - Raya Gonen, soprano, Louis Menendez - piano.

Centaur Records CRC 2324 (1998)

Epitaph - Piano Sonta No.2 - David Holzman - piano. Albany Rec. TROY 283 (1998)


A Day is Near. Ludwigsburger Sinfonie Orchester (1999)

TZVI AVNI (2000)

Programme Music 1980 - Israel Philharmonic; cond. Zubin Mehta

Prayer for String Orchestra - Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; cond. Lukas Foss

Five Pantomimes for chamber ensemble - Israeli Sinfonietta Be'er Sheva; cond. Mendi Rodan

Beyond the Curtain for piano quartet - The Cantilena Piano Quartet

Meditations on a Drama for chamber orchestra - Israel Chamber Orchestra; cond. Gary Bertini


Wind in the West (Ruach mimaarav). Neuer Kammerchor Potsdam (2001)

SHMA שמע

5 Variations for Mr. K for percussion and electronics, Stefan Eblenkamp. (2003)

PSANTERIN -- Anthology of Israeli Music for Piano (vol. 5)
Epitaph - Piano Sonata No.2 - Tomer Lev, piano. IMC/5 (2003)

The Ship of Hours, Se questo è un uomo, Metamorphoses on a Choral

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Mendi Rodan, conductor; Sharon Rostorf-Zamir, soprano; Haifa Symphony Orchestra;

Stanley Sperber, condutor, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; David Robertson, conductor. IMI-CD-10 (2005)

Beside the Depth of a River - Valeria Fubini Ventura, soprano; Anna Barbero, piano. CVLD 123 (2005)
RUHOT Spirits of Israel

I will Pray Thee; Tandu - The Israel Flute Ensemble. IMI-CD-12 (2005)

Capriccio, Piano Sonata No. 1, Epitaph - Piano Sonata No.2, On the Verge of Time - Piano Sonata No.3 CD2 Triptych, From There and Then, From My Diary, Autumn Interludes

Arie Vardi (On the Verge of Time) and his students, past and present: Jonathan Aner (Capriccio), Michal Tal (Piano Sonata No. 1), Tomer Lev (Epitaph), Dorel Golan (Triptych), Shai Rosenboim (From There and Then), Daniel Gortler (From My Diary), Ran Zemach (Autumn Interludes). IMI-CD-13 (2006)
Zubin Mehta 40th Anniversary Edition 2007

Programme Music 1980. Helicon Classics 02-9625

Mizmorei Tehilim - Zamir Chorale of Boston. hz - 922 Zamir Chorale 2007


Gesharim - violin duo; Epstein - Kolb

Apropos Klee - for choir, clarinet , piano and percussion.  Kammerchor Saarbrücken; Georg Grün, conductor

The Ship of Hours - for symphony orchestra. Rundfunk Sinfonieorch; Michael Stern, conductor. SR 11995 (2007)

Prayer - string orchestra. Live recording of a concert in memory of the Crystal Night - Oberwart, Austria.

Christoph Cech, conductor; Lex Liszt 13 u - OHO (2008)

Mizmorei Tehilim - Sursum Corda Choir; Lester Seigel , conductor. MSR classics (2009)


Prayer for strings. Janus Ensemble; cond. Christoph Cech (2009)


The Lord Is My Shepherd, Songs and melodies in memory of Itzhak Rabin. Text by Natan Zach

Daarler Vocal Consort; Georg Grün, conductor. Rondeau (2009)

Prayer - string orchestra - Israel Chamber Orchestra; Roberto Paternostro, conductor. ARS 38100 (2011)

GESHARIM - Rottweil Festival (2012)

Capriccio for piano, Kolja Lessing

KOL for violin solo, Kolja Lessing

Anthropomorphic Landscape No. 2 for oboe, Ingo Goritzki

Gesharim for two violins, Kolja Lessing, Holger Koch

CREDO - Tzvi Avni 90 - Produced and published by the Saarland Radio

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