Music for theatrical & inter-disciplinary works

 

  • 2014 - Amulet for the Widening of the Heart
    סגולה להרחבת הלב

    Original music and sound design for an interdisciplinary installation.
    Collaboration with artist Etty BenZaken (quilts and visual design)
    Commissioned by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Polonsky family, as part of the exhibition "What is Memory? 70 Years Later" at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel, Apr. 2015.

    Excerpt on YouTube >>
     

  • 2014 - Table of Silence
    שולחן השתיקה

    for violin and viola (15 min.)
    Music for a dance piece by Butoh dancer Maya Dunsky.
    Premiered by violinist Yael Barolsky and violist Amit Landau, "Marathon Hateiva", Tel Aviv, Nov. 2014.

 

  • 2012 - The Merry Fishermen's Island
    אי הדייגים המאושרים

    Live music design for clarinet and percussions, for a theater-students children show. (55 min.) (multi lingual)
    Collaboration with artist Etty BenZaken (text, set design, staging)
    Premiered by students of the theater department at the University of Haifa, April 2012.

 

  • 2011 - Fabrics' Stories
    סיפורי בדים

    Live music design with traditional folk songs, for 16 theater-students. (60 min.) (multi lingual)
    Collaboration with artist Etty BenZaken (text, set design, staging)
    Premiered by students of the theater department at the University of Haifa, May 2011.

     

  • 2007 - The Fool
    השוטה

    Miniature Opera
    for voice, viola and percussion (30 min.) (Eng.)
    Collaboration with artist Etty Ben-Zaken (text, set design, staging)
    Commissioned by the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, USA.
    Premiered by Etty BenZaken (Voice) Kim Kashkashian (viola) and Robyn Schulkovsky (Percussion), Musik Triennale Festival, Köln, Germany, May 2007.
    Recorded and broadcasted live by WDR – the German radio.

     

  • 2006 - "The Fool Who Loved Singing"
    השוטה שאהב לשיר

    Music-Theater for voice, 7 instruments, narrator and a dancer (30 min.)
    (Heb., Eng.) Collaboration with artist Etty BenZaken (text, set design, staging)
    Commissioned by the Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel, Oct. 2006.
    Premiered there with BenZaken as soloist, the festival's ensemble, voice artist Joseph Shprinzak and dancer Anat Shamgar.

    Excerpt on YouTube >>

 

  • 2004 - Stabat Mater – a Human Prayer
    סטאבט מאטר – תפילה אנושית

    Music-Theater for voice, string quartet and sound-track (30 min.) (Hebrew, Arabic, English, Latin, Ladino)
    Collaboration with artist Etty BenZaken (text, set design, staging)
    Commissioned by the Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel, August 2004. Premiered there by Etty BenZaken and the Israeli Contemporary Quartet. Additional fully-staged performances include the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, October 2004; the Spring Festival Rishon Lezion April 2005; "Hag Hagim" Festival, Haifa, 2008; The many concert performances include the Rothko Chapel in Huston, USA,  2009, and Autumn Tbilisi Festival, Georgia, 2012.
    American premier: Etty BenZaken and ensemble Mallarme, Duke University, March 2006. European Premier: Etty BenZaken and Orchestrautopica, Festival Expresso Oriente, Lisbon, Portugal, 2007.
    Recorded and broadcasted live by the Israeli Radio.
    Featured on the CD "BenZaken sings Steinberg and Bardanashvili".

    Excerpt 1 on YouTube >>
    Excerpt 2 on YouTube >>
     

  • 2002 - The Sultan is Pregnant
    סולטן בהיריון

    Music-Theater for voice & 7 instruments (30 min.) (Hebrew, Arabic, English)
    Collaboration with artist Etty BenZaken (text, set design, staging)
    Commissioned by the Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel, July 2002.
    Premiered there by BenZaken, the festival's ensemble & Eitan Steinberg, conductor.
    American premier: Etty BenZaken and ensemble Boston Musica Viva, conducted by Richard Pittman, Boston, Oct. 2004.
    Recorded and broadcasted live by the Israeli Radio.
    Recorded and broadcasted the Israeli TV.
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    Excerpt 1 on YouTube >>
    Excerpt 2 on YouTube >>

 

  • 1995 - Blue With Tail
    כחול עם זנב

    Music-Video for voice, recorder, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, guitar & percussion. (26 min.) (Hebrew, English)
    Collaboration with video artist Marit Benisrael.
    Premiere screening: Jerusalem International Film Festival, Jerusalem, Israel, July 1996.

 

  • 1994 - Gog and Magog
    גוג ומגוג

    Live music design using traditional Hasidic prayers, for 12 actors/singers. (40 min.) (multi lingual)
    Collaboration with stage director Michal Govrin.
    Premiered at the Israel Festival, Jerusalem, Israel, May 1994.

     

  • 1994 - Princess of Five Faces
    נסיכת חמשת הפנים

    Music-Theater for a singer/actress, recorder, string trio, lute & 2 percussionists. (36') (Hebrew / English)
    Collaboration with artist Etty BenZaken (text, set design, staging)
    Premiered with Benzaken as soloist, Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel, July 1995.
    Recorded and broadcasted live by the Israeli Radio.

 

  • 1993 - Sarah
    שרה

    Music for a theater show, for voice solo. (15 min.) (Hebrew)
    Commissioned and performed by Theater Company Jerusalem.

     

  • 1992 - The Face Dance of Eve Music-Video
    יקוד הפנים של חווה

    for voice, piccolo, violin, viola, cello. (11 min.) (English) 
    Collaboration with video artist Marit Benisrael.
    Screened in Israel:  the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv; Yanco Dada Museum, Ein Hod; Beyt Zioney America, Tel-Aviv; Jerusalem Cinematheque.

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איתן שטיינברג: רשימת יצירות

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Music-Theater, Chamber Operas, Interdisciplinary Projects

תיאטרון-מוסיקה, אופרות קאמריות, פרויקטים בינתחומיים

 

Incantation

לחש

Music for video-art work, for voice & 5 instruments (recorders, cello, double bass, guitar, percussion, 7.5 min., 2020). 

Video: Etty BenZaken.

Created as part of Modalius ensemble’s “Whole World” video & music project.

Premier screenings: Israel Music Fest & “Poem Ba’lev” Concert Series, Dec. 2020.

 Video excerpt in “Whole World” trailer >>

The full “Whole World” project (“Incantation” starts at 43:24) free online until Jan. 31, 2021o the website of Flicja Blumental Music Center) >> 

 

Search Expedition 220

משלחת חיפוש 220

Chamber opera for 6 vocalists and 10 instruments (flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, lute, 2 percussion players, 60 min., 2019).

Stage directing, stage design, fabric art-works: Etty BenZaken.

Text: multi-lingual fragments edited by Etty BenZaken.

Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) with "Alma” Vocal ensemble & Modalius ensemble. Conductor: Eitan Steinberg, Israel Music Fest, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2019.

Full video >>

 

Amulet for the Widening of the Heart

סגולה להרחבת הלב                     

Sound design for installation (30 min., 2015)

Visual design and fabric art-works: Etty BenZaken.

Commission: Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Polonsky family.

Premier: "What is Memory? 70 Years Later," art exhibition at Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel, Apr. 2015.

Video excerpt 1 (the installation at Beit HaGefen Gallery, Haifa) >>

Video excerpt 2 (the installation at Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem) >>  

 

The Fool

השוטה

Miniature opera for voice, viola and percussion (chamber version of “The Fool Who Loved Singing,” 30 min., 2007).

Stage directing, stage design: Etty BenZaken.

Text: Etty BenZaken (in Eng.).

Commission: New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, USA.

Premiere: Etty BenZaken (singer-actress), Kim Kashkashian (viola), Robyn Schulkovsky (Percussion), Musik Triennale Festival, Köln, Germany, May 2007.

Recorded and broadcasted live by WDR, the German radio.  

 

The Fool Who Loved Singing

השוטה שאהב לשיר

Music-Theater for voice, narrator, dancer & 7 instruments (2 recorder players, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, percussion, 30 min., 2006).

Stage directing, stage design: Etty BenZaken.

Text: Etty BenZaken (in Eng. & Heb.).

Commission: Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel.

Premier: Etty BenZaken (singer-actress), Joseph Shprinzak (narrator), Anat Shamgar (dancer) & the festival's ensemble. Conductor: Eitan Steinberg, Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Oct. 2006.

Video excerpt >>

 

Stabat Mater – a Human Prayer

סטאבט מאטר – תפילה אנושית

Music-Theater for voice, string quartet and 2 percussionists (30 min., 2004).

Stage directing, stage design, fabric art-work: Etty BenZaken.

Text: Etty BenZaken, alongside early and folk texts (in Hebrew, Arabic, English, Latin, Ladino).   

Commission: Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel.

Premier: Etty BenZaken (singer- actress) & the Israeli Contemporary Quartet, Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Aug. 2004.

Concert version (without set and staging):

American premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & ensemble Mallarme, Duke University, March 2006.

European Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Orchestrautopica, Festival Expresso Oriente, Lisbon, Portugal, 2007.

Recorded and broadcasted live at the Israeli premier, by the Israeli Radio.  

Recorded on video in Autumn Tbilisi Festival, Georgia, 2012.

Featured on the CD "BenZaken Sings Steinberg and Bardanashvili".

Theatrical version, video excerpt 1 >>

Theatrical version, video excerpt 2 >>

Full audio on Sound Cloud >>

 

The Sultan is Pregnant

הסולטן בהיריון

Music-Theater for voice & 7 instruments (2 recorder players, string trio, harp, percussion, 30 min., 2002).

Stage directing, stage design: Etty BenZaken.

Text: Etty BenZaken (in Hebrew, Arabic, English).

Commission: Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel.

Premier: Etty BenZaken (singer- actress) & the festival's ensemble. Conductor: Eitan Steinberg, Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, July 2002.

American premier: Etty BenZaken and Boston Musica Viva. Conductor: Richard Pittman, Boston, Oct. 2004.

Recorded and broadcasted live at the premier, by the Israeli Radio and the Israeli TV.

Video excerpt 1 >>

Video excerpt 2 >>

Blue With Tail

כחול עם זנב

Music-Video for voice & 7 instruments (recorder, clarinet, string trio, guitar, percussion, 26 min., 1995).

Video: Marit Benisrael.

Text: Various poets (in Hebrew & English).

Premiere screening: Jerusalem International Film Festival, Jerusalem, Israel, July 1996.

Audio on Sound Cloud ("Hist Whist" part) >>

 

Gog and Magog

גוג ומגוג

Live music design using traditional Hassidic prayers, for 12 actors/singers. (40 min., 1994).

Stage directing: Michal Govrin.

Premier: Israel Festival, Jerusalem, Israel, May 1994.  

 

Princess of Five Faces

נסיכת חמשת הפנים

Music-Theater for a voice & 7 instruments (recorder, string trio, lute, 2 percussionists, 36 min., 1994).

Stage directing, stage design, masks: Etty BenZaken.

Text: Etty BenZaken (Hebrew & English).

Premier: Etty BenZaken (singer-actress) & the festival’s ensemble, Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel, July 1995.

Recorded and broadcasted live by the Israeli Radio.

 

Sarah

שרה

Music for a theater show, for voice solo (15 min., 1993).

Commissioned and performed by Theater Company Jerusalem.  

 

The Face Dance of Eve   

ריקוד הפנים של חווה

Music-Video for voice & 4 instruments (piccolo, violin, viola, cello, 11 min., 1992). Video: Marit Benisrael.

Text: Marit Benisrael.

Screened in Israel at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art; Yanco Dada Museum, Ein Hod; Beyt Zioney America, Tel-Aviv; Jerusalem Cinematheque.

 

Live music design for theater shows:

ניהול ועיצוב מוסיקלי להצגות:
 

The Merry Fishermen's Island

אי הדייגים המאושרים

Live music design for clarinet and percussions, for a children show. (55 min., 2012).

Text, stage directing, stage design:  Etty BenZaken (multi-lingual).

Premiered by students of the theater department at the University of Haifa, April 2012.

 

Fabrics' Stories

סיפורי בדים

Live music design with traditional folk songs, for 16 theater-students. (60 min., 2011).

Text, stage directing, stage design:  Etty BenZaken (multi-lingual).

Premiered by students of the theater department at the University of Haifa, May 2011. 

Orchestral Works

יצירות תזמורתיות

 

Cosmic Progressions in the Heart IV

תהליכים קוסמיים בלב 4

For chamber orchestra (17 min., 2017).

Premier: Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta. Conductor:  Andres Mustonen, Tartu, Estonia, July 2017.

Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute.
 

Cosmic Progressions in the Heart III

תהליכים קוסמיים בלב 3

For symphony orchestra (17 min., 2013).

Premier: Tbilisi Symphony. Conductor: Vakhtang Kakhidze, Autumn Tbilisi Festival, Georgia, Oct. 2013.

Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute.

Full audio on Sound Cloud >>

 

The Return to Koenigstrasse

בחזרה לקניג שטראסה

Concerto for viola and orchestra (23 min., 2011).

Commission: The Israeli Beer Sheva Sinfonietta.

Premiere: Avshalom Sarid (viola), The Israeli Beer Sheva Sinfonietta. Conductor: Doron Salomon, Be'er Sheva, Israel, Dec. 2011.

Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute.

Full audio on Sound Cloud (Avshalom Sarid & Tbilisi Symphony) >>

 

Rava Deravin (orchestral version)

רעוא דרעוין - גרסה תזמורתית

For voice & strings orchestra (17 min., 2011).

Text: Ha’ari (in Aramaic).

Commission: Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble.

Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & the Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble. Conductor: Barak Tal, Israel Music Fest, Rapaport Hall, Haifa, Israel, Oct. 2011.

 

Cosmic Progressions in the Heart I   

תהליכים קוסמיים בלב 1

For chamber orchestra (15 min., 2008).

Commission: Israeli Camerata Orchestra, Jerusalem.

Premier: Israeli Camerata. Conductor: Avner Biron, Dec. 2008.

Featured on the CD "The Music Department, University of Haifa", 2011.

Full audio on Sound Cloud >>
 

Variousraspirations

אנשימשונימנושמים

For voice, viola & orchestra (17 min., 1997/2004).

Text: Walt Whitman (multi lingual).

Won the Nicola DeLorenzo Composition Award, 1998.

 

They Meet Again And Now They Dance

For orchestra (10 min., 1997).

Premier: UC Berkeley Symphony. Conductor: David Milnes, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, USA, April 1999.

 

In a Hidden Cleft Among Cliffs a Gazelle Drinks Water (orchestral version)

בנקיק נסתר בצוקים איילה שותה מים - גרסה תזמורתית 

For voice, viola & string orchestra (10 min., 1996).

Text by various poets (multi lingual).

 

Wedding Song

שיר חתונה   

For orchestra (18 min., 1994)

Won the Nicola DeLorenzo Composition Award, 1995.

Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute.

 

Shanti 

שנטי

For orchestra (15 min., 1993).

Won the Israel Philharmonic Award, 1994.

Premier: Israel Philharmonic. Conductor: Gary Bertini, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Jan. 1994. Recorded by the Israeli radio with Jerusalem Symphony and conductor Ilan Volkov, Sept. 1996.

Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute.

 

Look, Beauty

תראי, יופי

For mezzo-soprano, rock singer, rock band & orchestra (17 min., 1992).

Text: Uzi Weill, Smadar Imor (Hebrew, English).

Premier: Etty BenZaken, Galit Florenz (vocalists) & the Tel-Aviv Symphony. Conductor: Itay Talgam, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Jan. 1993.

 

Conversations in the Ninth Person

שיחות בגוף תשיעי

For string orchestra or 9 string instruments (10 min., 1988/91).

Commissioned and premiered by Camerata String Orchestra, Jerusalem, Feb. 1988.

Recorded by the Israeli Radio.

Works for Large Ensemble (10 performers and more)

(יצירות לאנסמבלים גדולים (10 משתתפים ומעלה

 

Dancing Memory Fish

דג זיכרון רוקד

For voice and 10 instruments (woodwind quartet, string quartet, double bass, percussion, 17 min., 2012).

Text: Harold Schimell, alongside 3 folk children songs (in English, Arabic, German, Ladino).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice) and the Israeli Contemporary Players. Conductor: Ilan Volkov, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, June 2012.

Full video >>

 

Cosmic Progressions in the Heart II

תהליכים קוסמיים בלב 2

For 10 instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, accordion, percussion, 14 min., 2011) .

Commissioned and premiered by ensemble El Perro Andaluz, Dresden, Feb. 2012.

Full video (Israel Contemporary Players) >>

 

Moving/Stills

For 15 instruments and 8 voices. (17 min., 1999).  

 

La Vita di Sempre

For mezzo-soprano, 2 narrators & 11 instruments (woodwind quartet, trumpet, horn, string quartet and percussion, 15 min., 1987/93).

Text: Inge Steinberg (in Italian & French).

Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Musica Nova ensemble, Tel-Aviv, Israel, April 1994.

 

The Old Man Who Said Why

האיש הזקן שאמר למה

For mezzo-soprano & 9 instruments (woodwind quartet, string quartet, percussion, 15 min., 1990).

Text: various poets (multi lingual).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice) & Musica Nova ensemble. Conductor: Itay Talgam, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Nov. 1990.

Recorded by the Israeli Radio.

Chamber Works (up to 9 performers)

יצירות קאמריות (אנסמבלים עד 9 משתתפים)

 

Bagatella Molto Viva

בגטלה

For 6 instruments (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2 min., 2018).

Commissioned by & dedicated to Boston Musica Viva ensemble and to their conductor Richard Pittman, as part of series of bagatelles by various composers dedicated to the ensemble's 50th anniversary.

Premier: Boston Musica Viva, Boston, Oct. 2018.

 

Now

עכשיו

For voice and 4 instruments (cello, double bass, guitar, percussion, 16 min., 2017).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice) & Modalius ensemble. Conductor: Eitan Steinberg, Tel Aviv, March 2017.

 

Spinning

טווייה

For voice and 7 instruments (recorder, violin, cello, double bass, guitar, accordion, percussion, 8 min., 2016).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice) & Modalius ensemble.  Premier: Israel Music Fest, Beer Sheva Oct. 2016.

Full video >>

 

Circular Waves

For wind quintet (9 min., 2016).

Composed for and premiered by the Tel Aviv Quintet, Tel-Aviv, Sept. 2016.

Full video >>

 

Assembly of the Souls

התוועדות הנשמות

For voice & 7 instruments (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, accordion, piano, percussion, 20 min., 2014).

Commission: Boston Musica Viva & conductor Richard Pittman.

Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Boston Musica Viva ensemble. Conductor: Richard Pittman, Tzai Performance Center, Boston, USA, Sept. 2014.

Israeli premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Israeli Contemporary Players. Conductor: Guy Feder, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Sept. 2017.

Full video >>

 

Quiet Reflections

השתקפויות שקטות

For violin & viola (15 min., 2014).

Composed for a dance piece by Butoh dancer Maya Dunsky (“Table of Silence”).

Premier: Yael Barolsky (violin) & Amit Landau (viola), Tel Aviv, Nov. 2014.

 

Movimiento per Quarteto D'archi

פרק לרביעיית כלי קשת

For string quartet (2014). 

Commission: Israel Composers' League's project "Composing for young musicians".

Premier: The youth string quartet of Tivon Conservatory, Tel-Aviv, June 2014.

Video (from 5:36) >>

 

Yonim Yonim

יונים יונים

For two voices (10 min., 2013).

Composed for voice artists Etty BenZaken & Anat Pick.

Studio version:

Recorded by vocalists Etty BenZaken & Anat Pick (parts of the piece were used to accompany the video-art "Ramid" by Orit Adar-Bechar).

Concert version:

For 2 voices and sound track.

Premiered by vocalists Etty BenZaken & Anat Pick, Tel Aviv, Nov. 2014.

Full Audio on Sound Cloud (Studio version) >>

 

Stairs of the Unknown

מדרגות הנסתר

For voice & 5 instruments (flute, clarinet, violin, cello piano, 13 min., 2009).

Text: Raquel Chalfi (in Hebrew).

Commission: Meitar ensemble, with the support of Tel Aviv Foundation for the Arts.

Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Meitar ensemble. Conductor: Eitan Steinberg, Contempo New Music Festival, Tel Aviv, Jan. 2009.

Recorded and broadcasted live by the Israeli Radio.

Featured on Etty BenZaken’s CD “Voice Drawings", 2013.

Full audio on YouTube >>

 

Travvveling

For 2 voices (5 min., 2006).

Text: E. E. Cummings (in English).

Composed for and premiered by voice artists Etty BenZaken & Anat Pick, Festival "Kola shel Ha-mila", Jerusalem, March 2006.

 Full video >> 

 

Milmulin

מילמולין

For a Shaman & 2 percussionists (15 min., 2005).

Text: Etty BenZaken (Imaginary language).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice), with percussionists Karen Penpimon-Zehavi & Abe Doron, Department of Theater, Tel-Aviv University, May 2004.

Full video >>

 

Rava Deravin (instrumental version)

רעוא דרעוין - גרסה כלית

For viola & string quartet (16 min., 2003).

Composed for and premiered by Kim Kashkashian (viola) & Kuss Quartet, Kronberg Viola Festival, Kronberg, Germany, May 2003.

American premier: by Kashkashian & Kuss Quartet, Boston, USA, 2006.

Featured on "Neharot" CD, ECM Records, 2009.

Full audio on Sound Cloud >>

 

At Chilwe

את חילווה

For voice & 6 instruments (flute, Arabic violin, Viola, double- bass, percussion, 16 min., 2003)

Text: Koby Viner (Hebrew and Arabic).

Commission: "Aley Shir" in memory of Dany Cohen.

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice) & "Shesh Besh – the Arab-Jewish Ensemble", "Aley Shir" concert in memory of Dany Cohen, Kibbutz Mizra, Feb. 2003.

Featured on BenZaken’s CD “Voice Drawings", 2013.

Full CD audio on YouTube >>

 

Where The Peace River Flows

נהר השלום זורם שם

For voice & 7 instruments (15 min., 2002).

Text: Walt Whitman (multi lingual).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice) & soloists from the Israel Philharmonic, “New Music Biennale” Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Oct. 2002.

Recorded by the Israeli Radio.

 

Rava Deravin

רעוא דרעוין

For voice & 6 instruments (flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, 14 min., 2001).

Text: Ha’ari (in Aramaic).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice) &  Boston Musica Viva ensemble. Conductor: Richard Pittman, Boston, USA, Nov. 2002.

Israeli premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Israeli Contemporary Players, Tel-Aviv, Dec. 2002.

Featured on Eitan Steinberg’s CD "Rava Deravin – Boston Musica Viva in Eitan Steinberg's Chamber Works", 2002.

Featured on the CD "BenZaken sings Steinberg and Bardanashvili", 2010.

Full CD audio on YouTube >>

 

Transparent Rain

גשם שקוף

For voice & piano (4 min., 2001).

Text: Israel Pinkas (in Hebrew).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice) & Irena Friedland (piano), Haifa University, Feb. 2005.

Featured on Etty BenZaken’s CD “Voice Drawings", 2013.

 

Fragile

שביר

For 6 instruments (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 8 min., 2000).

Commission: Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players.

Premier: by BCCP, University of California, Berkeley, April 2000.

Israeli premier: by Musica Nova ensemble, 2001.

Featured on Eitan Steinberg’s CD "Rava Deravin – Boston Musica Viva in Eitan Steinberg's Chamber Works", 2002.

 

Guitardion

For guitar quartet (10 min., 2000).

Commission: San Francisco Guitar Quartet.

 

Talk Talk Talk

For strings trio (5 min., 1997).

Commission: Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

Premier: at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, March 1998, Jerusalem, Israel.

Featured on Eitan Steinberg’s CD "Rava Deravin – Boston Musica Viva in Eitan Steinberg's Chamber Works", 2002.

Full CD audio on Sound Cloud >>

 

Two Grandfathers Sing

שני סבים שרים

For flute and string quartet (11 min., 1996).

Composed for and premiered by Rami Tal (flute) & Musica Nova ensemble, Tel-Aviv, Israel, May 1996.

Featured on Eitan Steinberg’s CD "Rava Deravin – Boston Musica Viva in Eitan Steinberg's Chamber Works", 2002.

Full CD audio on YouTube >>

 

In a Hidden Cleft Among Cliffs a Gazelle Drinks Water (duo version)

בנקיק נסתר בצוקים - גרסת דואו

For voice & viola (10 min., 1996).

Text: various poets (multi lingual).

Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Michelle Dulak (viola), Hertz Hall, Berkeley,  Oct. 1996.

Featured on Eitan Steinberg’s CD "Rava Deravin – Boston Musica Viva in Eitan Steinberg's Chamber Works", 2002.

Full CD audio on YouTube >>

 

Song of the Bride's Mother

שיר אם-הכלה

For voice and 3 violas (6 min., 1994).

Text: Judeo-Spanish folk song from Morocco (in Ladino).

Composed for and premiered with Etty BenZaken (voice), Hertz Hall, Berkeley, Nov. 1994.

 

Silent Eyes

עיניים שקטות

For voice & 6 instruments (recorder, string trio, ud, tabla, 10 min., 1991).

Text: Yehuda Halevy (in Hebrew)

Composed for and premiered with Etty BenZaken (voice), Tel-Aviv, Israel, April 1991.

Recorded by the Israeli Radio.

 

Simplicity

פשטות

For voice & 3 instruments (soprano saxophone, accordion, guitar, 10 min., 1990).

Text: 3 folksongs, alongside text by E. E. Cummings (in Arabic, Bulgarian, English, Ladino).

Composed for and premiered with Etty BenZaken (voice), Tel-Aviv, Israel, March 1990.

Recorded by the Israeli Radio.

Choral Works

יצירות למקהלה

 

Sod Hakavana ("The Secret of Intention")

סוד הכוונה

For 6 choirs (3 children choirs, 3 mixed choirs) & 5 percussionists (25 min., 2014).

Text: various poets (multi lingual).

Commission: Israel's Ministry of Culture and Sport. 

Premier: Israeli and Estonian choirs, Tremolo percussion ensemble. Conductor: Andres Mustonen, “Mustonen Fest” Tallinn-Tel-Aviv Festival, Ashdod and Tel-Aviv, Israel, Feb. 2018.

Estonian premier: Estonian Choirs conducted by Andres Mustonen, Feb. 2019.

Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute.

Full video >>

 

Adam-ma

אדם-מה

For mixed choir (7 min., 2010).

Text: multi lingual fragments (in Hebrew, English, Latin).

Commissioned and premiered by "Kolot Hasade" choir. Conductor: Anat Aharoni, Israel, May 2010.

 

Very Good To Be

טוב מאד להיות

For youth mixed choir (8 min., 2004).

Text: Etty BenZaken (in Hebrew).

Commissioned and premiered by "Nofar" choir. Conductor: Miri Sadeh, Karmiel, June 2004.

 

Arvoles Yoran Por Luvias

For mixed choir (4 min., 1999).

Text: Judeo-Spanish folk song (in Ladino).

Premier: Romeo and Julia choir, Stockholm, Sweden, 2000.

 

The Prayer of The Ba’al Shem

תפילת הבעל שם טוב

For mixed chorus (4 min., 1998).

Text: traditional (in Hebrew).

Commission: Northern California Board of Cantors.

Premier: 4th Annual Bay Area Jewish Choral Fest, San Francisco, March 1998.

 

Moroccan Poem

פיוט מרוקאי

For children’s chorus (2 min., 1993) (Hebrew).

Commissioned and published by the Israeli National Council of Culture and Art. Premier: the 1994 Children Chorus Workshop, Tel-Aviv, Israel, May 1994. Recorded by the Israeli Radio.

 

Sails Out of Sleep

לשוט מהחלום

For mixed chorus (11 min., 1989).

Text: various poets (multi lingual).

Premier: Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel, April 1991.

American Premier: UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus. Conductor: John Butt, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, Nov. 1996.

Solo Works

יצירות סולו

 

Air Drawings

רישומי אוויר

For Bass clarinet solo (6.5 min., 2020).

 

Miniature

מיניאטורה

For cembalo solo (1 min., 2020).

 

Whirling stillness

שקט מסוחרר

For piano solo (9 min., 2019).

 

Transparent Distance

מרחק שקוף

For organ solo (9 min., 2011).

Composed for and premiered by Yuval Rabin, Hecht Auditorium, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, February 2012.

Featured on the CD "Highlights of the 2011/12 Organ Recital Series, University of Haifa, 2013.”

Full CD audio on YouTube >>

 

Little Inner Events

אירועים פנימיים קטנים

For harp solo (8 min., 2008).

Commission: Harp & Zamir Society, the 17th International Harp Contest, Israel. Premier: Gittit Boazson (harp), Felicia Blumenthal Center, May 2009.

Full audio on Sound Cloud >>

 

Where Did We Go Wrong, Thank You

איפה תעינו, תודה רבה

For voice solo (13 min., 2003).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice), Hecht Hall, Haifa, May 2003.

Featured on BenZaken’s CD “Voice Drawings", 2013.

Video excerpt >>

Full CD audio on YouTube >>

 

Angel’s Steps

צעדי מלאך

For piano solo (8 min., 1998).

Composed for and premiered by pianist Sarah Cahill, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, May 1999.

Full audio on YouTube (pianist: Michal Tal) >>

 

For Two and a Half Years

שתי שנים ומחצה

For voice & electronics. (6 min., 1995).

Text: from the Talmud (in Hebrew).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice), CNMAT - Center for New Music and Audio-Technology, Berkeley, Dec. 1995.

 

Open

פתוח

For piano solo (8 min., 1994).

Commission: the Jerusalem Museum Music Series, Jerusalem, Israel.

Premier: pianist Sarah Cahill, ODC Gallery, San Francisco, Nov. 1996.

 

Moods

מצבי רוח

For mandolin solo (6 min., 1987).

Premier: Yonatan Roshfeld (mandolin), Tel-Aviv, Israel, Dec. 1987.

 

Four Pictures for Solo Guitar

ארבע תמונות לגיטרה סולו

(6 min., 1986)

Premier: Shlomo Oz (guitar), Jerusalem, Aug. 1986.

Recorded by the Israeli Radio, with guitarist Daniel Akiva.               

Video excerpt (guitarist: Oded Shoub) >>

Projects of Folk Songs Arrangements

פרויקטים של עיבודים לשירי-עם

 

The Streets of Our Childhood

ברחובות ילדותנו

Arrangements of folk children songs from ethnic communities in Israel (60 min., 2017).

Texts: folk songs (in 12 languages).

Composed for Etty BenZaken (voice) & Modalius ensemble (recorder, violin, cello, guitar, double bass, percussion)

Premier: Etty BenZaken & Modalius ensemble, Israeli Music Festival, Zikhron Ya’akov, Sep. 2017.

Excerpt on YouTube >>

 

At The Castle's Window

בחלון הטירה

Arrangements of Spanish and Judeo-Spanish anonymous medieval songs (20 min., 2017).

Composed for Etty BenZaken (voice) & Modalius ensemble (recorder, lute, cello, percussion).

Texts: folk songs (in Spanish & Ladino).

Premier: BenZaken & Modalius ensemble, Open University Concert Series, Feb. 2017.

 

Joy שמחה  فرحه

Arrangements of folk songs from ethnic communities in Israel, alongside short early and contemporary pieces (60 min., 2014).

Composed for Etty BenZaken (voice) & Modalius ensemble (recorder, Arabic violin, cello, guitar, double bass, percussion).

Texts: folk & traditional songs (multi lingual).

Premier: Etty BenZaken & Modalius ensemble, Felicja Blumental International Music Festival, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, March 2014.

Additional Version (4 songs) for voice & 6 instruments (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion). Premier: Etty BenZaken & Boston Musica Viva ensemble. Conductor: Richard Pittman, Boston, USA, Sept. 2014.

Video excerpt >>

 

Folk Songs of Labor and Protest

שירי עבודה ומחאה

Arrangements of folk songs for voice & guitar (30 min., 2009).

Texts: folk songs (multi lingual).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice) & Oded Shoub (guitar), Folklore and Ideology: the Inter-Universities Conference for Folklore Research, University of Haifa, May 2009.

Video excerpt >>

 

2 Judeo-Spanish folk songs

Arranged for middle-eastern orchestra (7 min., 2009).

Commission and premier: Middle-Eastern Ensemble, University of Texas, Austin, May 2010.  

 

I Love My Love

Arrangements of folk songs, for voice & guitar (60 min., 2006).

Texts: folk songs (multi lingual).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice) & Oded Shoub (guitar), Fool-Wise Storytelling Festival, Malta, Dec. 2006,

Additional version: for Voice & 4 instruments (recorders, guitar, cello and ethnic percussion), premiered with Etty BenZaken, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Dec. 2007.

Video excerpt >>

 

4 Ladino folk songs

Arranged for voice and 10 instruments (16 min., 2005).

Texts: folk songs (Ladino).

Commission: Renaissance Festival, Yechiam, Israel.

Premier: with Etty BenZaken and the festival's ensemble, Yechiam, Oct. 2005.

 

3 medieval Dances

Arranged for 10 instruments. (17 min., 2005).

Commission and premier: Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Jul. 2005.

 

6 folk songs

Arranged for voice and 7-10 instruments (20 min., 2005).

Texts: folk songs (multi lingual).

Premier: with BenZaken as soloist, University of Haifa, the 32nd Annual Board Meeting.

Video excerpt >>

 

The Bride Unfastens Her Braids, The Groom Faints

הכלה מתירה צמותיה, החתן מתעלף

Arrangements of Judeo Spanish love songs (90 min., ongoing project since 1998).

Texts: folk songs (Ladino)

Voice & ensemble versions:

Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Ensemble Yatán Atán (recorders, guitar, cello/viola da gamba & ethnic percussion), Hertz Hall, Berkeley, Oct. 1998.

Recorded and broadcasted live by the Israeli Radio.

Recorded on Israel TV channel 2.

Featured on the CD "The Bride Unfastens Her Braids, the Groom Faints" New Albion Records, 1999.

Voice & orchestra version:

Commission: Israeli Chamber Orchestra.

Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice & the Israeli Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Eitan Steinberg, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, March 2004.

Voice & guitar Version:

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken (voice) & Oded Shoub (guitar).

Special version for ensemble "Hortus Musicus", Estonia

Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Hortus Musicus ensemble, Tallinn, Estonia, March 2014.

Other versions were arranged by Steinberg for voice, violin & piano, and for voice, harp & percussion.

Full video of the project's 20th anniversary concert >>

Various Arrangements

עיבודים שונים

 

Six Haiku by John Cage

Arranged (from Cage’s solo piano sketches) for 5 players (recorder, cello, double bass, guitar, accordion, 5 min., 2018).

Composed for and premiered by Modalius ensemble, May 2018.

 

Pari Intervallo by Arvo Part

Arranged (from Part’s solo organ) for voice & 4 instruments (flute, cello, double bass, guitar, 7 min., 2017).

Composed for and premiered by Etty BenZaken & Modalius ensemble, March 2017.

 

Ad by Alexander Argov

עד

Arranged (from Argov’s song) for String Quartet (4 min., 2008).

Composed for and premiered by the Israeli Contemporary Quartet, Spring Festival Rishon Letzion, April 2008.

 

La Passion Segun San Marco by Osvaldo Golijov (excerpts)

Arranged (from Golijov’s music for voices & large ensemble) for voice & 7 instruments (string quartet, guitar, accordion, percussion, 15 min., 2005).

Commission: the International Spring Festival in Rishon Le'tzion, Israel.

Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) and the festival’s ensemble. Conductor: Eitan Steinberg, April 2005.

 

Stabat Mater by Antonio Vivaldi

Arranged (from Vivaldi’s score for voice & chamber orchestra) for voice & string quartet (25 min., 2004)

Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Israeli Contemporary Quartet, The Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, 2004.

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