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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Eitan Steinberg & Etty BenZaken

Eitan Steinberg: 

List of Compositions

 

Music-Theater, Chamber Operas, Interdisciplinary Projects

תיאטרון-מוסיקה, אופרות קאמריות, פרויקטים בינתחומיים

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לחש

Incantation

Music for video-art, 2020 [ca. 7.5’]

Voice & 5 instruments (recorders, cello, double bass, guitar, percussion).

Video: Etty BenZaken | Created as part of Modalius ensemble’s “Whole World” video & music project | Premiere: Israel Music Fest & “Poem Ba’lev” Concert Series, Dec. 2020.

Video >>

 

משלחת חיפוש 220

Search Expedition 220

Chamber opera, 2019 [ca. 60’]

6 voices & 10 instruments (flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, lute, 2 percussions)

Text: multi-lingual fragments edited by Etty BenZaken | Directing, design, fabric art-works: Etty BenZaken |  Premiere: Etty BenZaken & "Alma” Vocal ensemble, Modalius ensemble, conductor: Eitan Steinberg, Israel Music Fest, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2019.

Full video >>

 

סגולה להרחבת הלב

Amulet for the Widening of the Heart

Sound design for installation, 2015 [loop of 30’]

Visual design and fabric art-works: Etty BenZaken | Commission: Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Polonsky family | Premiere: "What is Memory? 70 Years Later," art exhibition at Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel, Apr. 2015.

Video excerpt 1 >>

Video excerpt 2 >>

 

השוטה

The Fool

Miniature-opera, 2007 [ca. 30’]

Voice, viola, percussion (chamber version of “The Fool Who Loved Singing”).

Text: Etty BenZaken (English) | Directing, design: Etty BenZaken | 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.  

 

השוטה שאהב לשיר

The Fool Who Loved Singing     

Music-Theater, 2006 [ca. 30’]

Voice, narrator, dancer & 7 instruments (2 recorders, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, percussion).

Text: Etty BenZaken (English & Hebrew) | Directing, design: Etty BenZaken | Commission: Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (singer-actress), Joseph Shprinzak (narrator), Anat Shamgar (dancer) & the festival's ensemble. Conductor: Eitan Steinberg, Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, 2006.

Video excerpt >>

 

סטאבט מאטר – תפילה אנושית

Stabat Mater – a Human Prayer

Music-Theater, 2004 [ca. 30’]

Voice, string quartet and 2 percussionists.

Text: Etty BenZaken, & traditional and folk texts (Hebrew, Arabic, English, Latin, Ladino) | Directing, design, fabric art-work: Etty BenZaken | Commission: Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (singer- actress) & the Israeli Contemporary Quartet, Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Aug. 2004 | Recorded and broadcasted live at the Israeli premier, by the Israeli Radio | Documemted on video in Autumn Tbilisi Festival, Georgia, 2012 | Featured in the CD "BenZaken Sings Steinberg and Bardanashvili".

Video excerpt 1 >>

Video excerpt 2 >>

Full video of the concert version >>

 

הסולטן בהיריון

The Sultan is Pregnant

Music-Theater, 2002 [ca. 30’]

Voice & 7 instruments (2 recorder players, violin, viola, cello, harp, percussion. OR:  flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, harpsicord, ethnic percussion).

Text: Etty BenZaken (Hebrew, Arabic, English) | Directing, stage design: Etty BenZaken | Commission: Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (singer-actress) & the festival's ensemble. Conductor: Eitan Steinberg, Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, July 2002. | Recorded and broadcasted live at the premier, by the Israeli Radio and the Israeli TV.

Video excerpt 1 >>

Video excerpt 2 >>

משחק הקלפים

The Card Game

Chamber opera, 1995 [ca. 60’]

5 singers-actors (soprano, mezzo-soprano, countertenor, tenor, baritone), dancer, 16 instruments (woodwind quartet, 3 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, double bass, accordion, guitar, 2 percussion players).

Text: Etty BenZaken.

 

כחול עם זנב

Blue With Tail

Music for video-art, 1995 [ca. 26’]

Voice & 7 instruments (recorder, clarinet, string trio, guitar, percussion).

Text: E.E. Cummings, Dahlia Ravikovitch, Pinhas Sadeh (English, Hebrew) | Video: Marit Benisrael | Premiere: Jerusalem International Film Festival, Jerusalem, Israel, July 1996.

Audio excerpt 1 “Waltz” >>

Audio excerpt 2 “Hist Whist” >>

 

גוג ומגוג

Gog and Magog

Live music design for theater show, 1994 [ca. 40’]

12 actors-singers, using traditional Hassidic prayers.

Stage directing: Michal Govrin | Premier: Israel Festival, Jerusalem, Israel, May 1994.  

 

נסיכת חמשת הפנים

Princess of Five Faces

Music-Theater, 1994 [ca. 30’]

Voice & 7 instruments (recorder, string trio, lute, 2 percussionists).

Text: Etty BenZaken (Hebrew & English), inspired by “Dictionary of The Khazars” by Milorad Pavic | Directing, design, masks: Etty BenZaken | Premiere: 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.

 

שרה

Sarah

Music for theater show, 1993 [ca. 15’]

Voice solo

Commissioned and performed by Theater Company Jerusalem.  

 

ריקוד הפנים של חווה

The Face Dance of Eve   

Music-Video, 1992 [ca. 11’]

Voice & 4 instruments (piccolo, violin, viola, cello).

Text, video: Marit Benisrael (English) | Premiere: Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, 1992. 

 

Orchestral Works

יצירות תזמורתיות

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תהליכים קוסמיים בלב IV

Cosmic Progressions in the Heart IV

for chamber orchestra, 2017 [ca. 17’]

Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute | Premiere: Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta. Conductor:  Andres Mustonen, Tartu, Estonia, July 2017.
 

תהליכים קוסמיים בלב III

Cosmic Progressions in the Heart III

for symphony orchestra, 2013 [ca. 17’]

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

Video >>

 

בחזרה לקניג שטראסה

The Return to Koenigstrasse

Viola concerto, 2011 [ca. 23’]

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

Video >>

רעוא דרעוין (גרסה לקול ותזמורת)

Rava Deravin (orchestral version)

for voice & string orchestra, 2011 [ca. 17’]

Text: Ha’ari (Aramaic) | Commission: Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & the Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble. Conductor: Barak Tal, Israel Music Fest, Rapaport Hall, Haifa, Israel, Oct. 2011.

 

תהליכים קוסמיים בלב I

Cosmic Progressions in the Heart I   

for chamber orchestra, 2008 [ca. 15’]

Commission: Israeli Camerata Orchestra, Jerusalem | Premier: Israel Camerata Jerusalem. Conductor: Avner Biron, Dec. 2008 | Featured in the CD "The Music Department, University of Haifa", 2011.

Audio >>

 

נהר השלום זורם שם

Where The Peace River Flows, 1997 [ca. 25’]

for voice, viola & orchestra (5 movements)

Text: Walt Whitman (English, Polish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Serbo-Croatian, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Korean) | Won the Nicola DeLorenzo Composition Award, USA, 1998.

Shorter version: (3 movements)

“Variousraspirations” 2004 [17']

"אנשימשונימנושמים"

for voice & symphony orchestra (with solo for the orchestra’s violist)

 

They Meet Again And Now They Dance

for symphony orchestra, 1997 [ca. 10’]

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

 

בנקיק נסתר בצוקים איילה שותה מים (גרסה לקול, ויולה ותזמורת)

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

for voice, viola & string orchestra, 1996 [ca. 10’]

Text: J. Papernikov, Garcia Lorca, Classical Bedouin, Boris Pasternak, Umberto Saba, Yona Wallach (Yiddish, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Hebrew).

 

שיר חתונה   

Wedding Song

for symphony orchestra, 1994 [ca. 18’]

Won the Nicola DeLorenzo Composition Award, USA, 1995 | Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute.

 

שנטי – האחראי על השלום

Shanti – Who Is In Charge of Peace 

for symphony orchestra, 1993 [ca. 15’]

Won the Israel Philharmonic Award, 1994 | Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute | Premiere: Israel Philharmonic. Conductor: Gary Bertini, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Jan. 1994 | Recorded by the Israeli radio with Jerusalem Symphony and conductor Ilan Volkov, Sept. 1996.

Audio >>

 

תראי, יופי

Look, Beauty

for mezzo-soprano, rock singer, rock band & orchestra, 1992 [ca. 17’]

Text: Uzi Weill, Smadar Imor (Hebrew, English) | Premier: Etty BenZaken, Galit Florenz (vocalists), Tel-Aviv Symphony. Conductor: Itay Talgam, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Jan. 1993.

 

שיחות בגוף תשיעי

Conversations in the Ninth Person

for string orchestra or 9 string instruments, 1988/91 [ca. 10’]

Commission & premiere: Camerata String Orchestra, Jerusalem, Feb. 1988 | Recorded by the Israeli Radio.

Audio, 9 strings version >>

 

Chamber Works 

יצירות קאמריות

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בגטלה

Bagatella Molto Viva

for 6 instruments, 2018 [ca. 2’]

Flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion.

Commissioned by & dedicated to Boston Musica Viva ensemble and to their conductor Richard Pittman, in celebration of  the ensemble's 50th anniversary | Premiere: Boston Musica Viva, Boston, Oct. 2018.

Audio >>

 

שיר אֵם-הכלה

La madre de la novia

for voice & 10 instruments, 2018 [ca. 7’]

Voice, 2 recorders, 2 celli, double bass, guitar, lute, percussion

Text: Ladino folk song | Premier: Etty BenZaken & Modalius ensemble, Zucker Hall, Tel-Aviv, Dec. 2018

 

עכשיו

Now

for voice & 4 instruments, 2017 [ca. 16’]

Voice, cello, double bass, guitar, percussion

Text: Tanikawa Shuntaro (English) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Modalius ensemble. Conductor: Eitan Steinberg, Ha’teiva, Tel Aviv, March 2017.

 

טווייה

Spinning

for voice & 7 instruments, 2016 [ca. 8’]

Voice, recorder, violin, cello, double bass, guitar, accordion, percussion

Text: Ronit Matalon (Hebrew) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Modalius ensemble. Israel Music Fest, Beer Sheva Oct. 2016.

Video >>

 

גלים מעגליים

Circular Waves

Woodwind quintet, 2016 [ca. 8’]

Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute | Premiere: the Tel Aviv Quintet, Tel-Aviv, Sept. 2016.

Video >>

 

התוועדות הנשמות

Assembly of the Souls

for voice & 7 instruments, 2014 [ca. 20’]

Voice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, accordion, piano, percussion.

Text: from the Talmud, and by Abu al-Hassan al-Nuri (10th century) (Hebrew, Arabic) Commission: Boston Musica Viva & conductor Richard Pittman Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute | Premier: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Boston Musica Viva ensemble. Conductor: Richard Pittman, Tzai Performance Center, Boston, USA, Sept. 2014.

Video >>

 

השתקפויות שקטות לכינור וויולה

Quiet Reflections for Violin & Viola, 2014 [ca. 20’]

Composed for a dance piece by Butoh dancer Maya Dunsky (“Table of Silence”) | Premiere: Yael Barolsky (violin) & Amit Landau (viola), Ha’teiva, Tel Aviv, Nov. 2014.

Audio >>

 

פרק לרביעיית כלי קשת, לבני נוער

Movimiento per Quarteto D'archi

for youth string quartet, 2014 [ca. 2’]

Commission: Israel Composers' League's project "Composing for young musicians" | Premier: The youth string quartet of Tivon Conservatory, Tel-Aviv, June 2014.

Video, from 5:34 >>

 

יונים יונים

Yonim Yonim

for two female voices, 2013 [ca. 10’]

Studio version: recorded by Etty BenZaken & Anat Pick

Concert version: 2 voices & sound track | Premiere: Etty BenZaken & Anat Pick, Tel Aviv, Nov. 2014.

Audio, studio version >>

 

דג זיכרון רוקד

Dancing Memory Fish

for voice and 10 instruments, 2012 [ca. 17’]

Voice, woodwind quartet, string quartet, double bass, percussion.

Text: Harold Schimell, 3 folk children songs (English, Arabic, German, Ladino) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) and the Israeli Contemporary Players. Conductor: Ilan Volkov, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, June 2012.

Video >>

 

מדרגות הנסתר

Stairs of the Unknown

for voice & 5 instruments, 2009 [ca. 13’]

Voice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello piano.

Text: Raquel Chalfi (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 in Etty BenZaken’s CD “Voice Drawings", 2013.

Audio >>

 

תהליכים קוסמיים בלב II

Cosmic Progressions in the Heart II

for 10 instruments, 2011 [ca. 13’]

Flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, accordion, percussion.

Commission & premiere: ensemble El Perro Andaluz, Dresden, Feb. 2012.

Video >>

 

Travvvveling

for 2 female voices, 2006 [ca. 5’]

Text: E. E. Cummings (English) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken & Anat Pick (vocalists), Festival "Kola shel Ha-mila," Jerusalem, March 2006.

Video >>

 

מילמולין

Milmulin

for a Shaman & 2 percussionists, 2005 [ca. 14’]

Text: Etty BenZaken (Imaginary language) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice), Karen Phenpimon-Zehavi, Abe Doron (percussion players), Department of Theater, Tel-Aviv University, May 2004.

Audio >>

 

רעוא דרעוין (גרסה אינסטרומנטלית)

Rava Deravin (instrumental version)

for viola & string quartet,  2003 [ca. 16’]

Premiere: Kim Kashkashian (viola) & Kuss Quartet, Kronberg Viola Festival, Kronberg, Germany, May 2003 | Featured in "Neharot" CD, ECM Records, 2009.

Audio >>

את חילווה

At Chilwe

for voice & 6 instruments, 2003 [ca. 16’]

Voice, flute, Arabic violin, Viola, double- bass, percussion.

Text: Koby Viner (Hebrew, Arabic) | Commission: "Aley Shir" in memory of Dany Cohen | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & "Shesh Besh – the Arab-Jewish Ensemble", "Aley Shir" concert in memory of Dany Cohen, Kibbutz Mizra, Feb. 2003 | Featured in BenZaken’s CD “Voice Drawings", 2013.

Audio >>

 

נהר השלום

Peace River

for voice & 7 instruments, 2002  [ca. 15’]

Voice, flute, clarinet, violin, 2 violas, cello, piano (Chamber version of parts of the orchestral piece “Where The Peace River Flows”)   Text: Walt Whitman (Serbo-croatian, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, Portuguese, Polish, Vietnamese, English, Indonesian, Korean) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & soloists from the Israel Philharmonic, “New Music Biennale” Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Oct. 2002.

  

רעוא דרעוין

Rava Deravin

for voice & 6 instruments, 2001 [ca. 14’]

Voice, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano.

Text: Ha’ari (Aramaic) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) &  Boston Musica Viva ensemble. Conductor: Richard Pittman, Boston, USA, Nov. 2002 | Featured in Eitan Steinberg’s CD "Rava Deravin – Boston Musica Viva in Eitan Steinberg's Chamber Works", 2002 | Featured in the CD "BenZaken sings Steinberg and Bardanashvili", 2010.

Audio >>

גשם שקוף

Transparent Rain

for voice & piano, 2001 [ca. 4’]

Text: Israel Pinkas (Hebrew) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Irena Friedland (piano), Haifa University, Feb. 2005 | Featured in Etty BenZaken’s CD “Voice Drawings", 2013.

Audio >>

 

שביר

Fragile

for 6 instruments, 2000 [ca. 8’]

Flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion.

Commission: Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players | Premiere: by BCCP, University of California, Berkeley, April 2000 | Featured in Eitan Steinberg’s CD "Rava Deravin – Boston Musica Viva in Eitan Steinberg's Chamber Works", 2002.

Audio >>

 

Guitardion

for guitar quartet, 2000 [ca. 10’]

Commission: San Francisco Guitar Quartet | Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute.

Moving/Stills

for 8 voices & 15 instruments and 8 voices, 1999 [ca. 17’]

2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors, 2 basses, 2 flutes, clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 horns, 2 violins, 2 violas, double bass, mandolin, guitar, accordion, percussion.

 

Talk Talk Talk

for strings trio, 1997 [ca. 5’]

Commission: Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance | Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute | Premiere: at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, March 1998, Jerusalem, Israel | Featured in Eitan Steinberg’s CD "Rava Deravin – Boston Musica Viva in Eitan Steinberg's Chamber Works", 2002.

Audio >>

 

שני סבים שרים

Two Grandfathers Sing

for flute and string quartet, 1996 [ca. 11’]

Premiere: Rami Tal (flute) & Musica Nova ensemble, Tel-Aviv, Israel, May 1996 | Featured in Eitan Steinberg’s CD "Rava Deravin – Boston Musica Viva in Eitan Steinberg's Chamber Works", 2002.

Audio >>

בנקיק נסתר בצוקים איילה שותה מים

In a Hidden Cleft Among Cliffs a Gazelle Drinks Water  

for voice & viola, 1985/1996 [ca. 10’]

Text: various poets (multi lingual) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Michelle Dulak (viola), Hertz Hall, Berkeley, Oct. 1996 | Featured in Eitan Steinberg’s CD "Rava Deravin – Boston Musica Viva in Eitan Steinberg's Chamber Works", 2002.

Audio >>

בהשראת שיר-חתונה בלאדינו

After a Ladino Wedding Song

for voice and 3 violas, 1994 [ca. 6’]

Text: Judeo-Spanish folk song from Morocco | Premiere: Etty BenZaken & UC Berkeley musicians, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, Nov. 1994.

 

La Vita di Sempre

for mezzo-soprano, 2 narrators & 11 instruments, 1987/93 [ca. 15’]

Voice, 2 narrators, woodwind quartet, trumpet, horn, string quartet, percussion.

Text: Inge Steinberg (Italian & French) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Musica Nova ensemble, Tel-Aviv, Israel, April 1994.

עיניים שקטות

Silent Eyes

for voice & 6 instruments, 1991 [ca. 10’]

Voice, recorder, string trio, ud, tabla.

Text: Yehuda Halevy, E.E. Cummings (Hebrew, English) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice), Tel-Aviv, Israel, April 1991 | Recorded by the Israeli Radio.

Video excerpt >>

 

סמטה, ציפור ושלושה מלאכים

An Alley, A Bird And Three Angels

Mezzo-soprano, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, piano, 1991 [ca. 10]

Text: Lea Goldberg | Premiere: Etty BenZaken & ensemble, as part of the “Music Now” series, Tel Aviv Museum of Arts, April 1992.

 

האיש הזקן שאמר 'למה'

The Old Man Who Said ‘Why’

for mezzo-soprano & 9 instruments, 1990 [ca. 15’]

Voice, woodwind quartet, string quartet, percussion.

Text: E.E. Cummings, Traditional Sephardic poem, Dante Alighieri, Else Lasker Schuler, Galit Florenz, Antonio Machado (English, Ladino, Italian, German, Hebrew, Spanish) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Musica Nova ensemble. Conductor: Itay Talgam, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Nov. 1990 | Recorded by the Israeli Radio.

Audio >>

 

פשטות

Simplicity

for voice & 3 instruments, 1989 [ca. 10’]

Voice, soprano saxophone, accordion, guitar.

Text: 3 folksongs, alongside text by E. E. Cummings (Arabic, Bulgarian, English, Ladino) | Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice), Rachel Yatskan (saxophone), Daniel Akiva (guitar), Naftaly Aharoni (accordion), Tel-Aviv, Israel, March 1990 | Recorded by the Israeli Radio.

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זכרונות עתיד

Future Memories

for trombone, 2 pianos, 2 percussion players, 1985 [ca. 12’]  

Premiere: Jerusalem Rubin Academy, June 1985.     

 

Choral Works

יצירות למקהלה

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סוד הכוונה

Sod Hakavana ("The Secret of Intention")

for 6 choirs & percussion ensemble, 2014 [ca. 25’]

3 mixed choirs, 3 children choirs, 5 percussion players

Text: various poets (multi lingual) | Commission: Israel's Ministry of Culture and Sport | Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute | Premiere: Israeli and Estonian choirs, Tremolo percussion ensemble. Conductor: Andres Mustonen, “Mustonen Fest” Tallinn-Tel-Aviv Festival, Ashdod and Tel-Aviv, Israel, Feb. 2018.  

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אדם-מה

Adam-ma

for mixed choir, 2010 [ca. 7’]

Text: multi lingual fragments (Hebrew, English, Latin) Commissioned and premiered by "Kolot Hasade" choir. Conductor: Anat Aharoni, Israel, May 2010.

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טוב מאד להיות

Very Good To Be

for youth mixed choir, 2004 [ca. 8’]

Text: Etty BenZaken (Hebrew) | Commission & premiere: "Nofar" choir, conductor: Miri Sadeh, Karmiel, 2004.

 

Arvoles lloran Por Luvias

for mixed choir, 1999 [ca. 4’]

Text: Judeo-Spanish folk song (in Ladino) | Premiere: Romeo and Julia choir, Stockholm, Sweden, 2000.

 

תפילת הבעל שם טוב

The Prayer of The Ba’al Shem

for mixed chorus, 1998 [ca. 4’]

Text: traditional (in Hebrew) | Commission: Northern California Board of Cantors | Premiere: 4th Annual Bay Area Jewish Choral Fest, San Francisco, March 1998.

 

פיוט מרוקאי

Moroccan Poem

for children’s chorus, 1993 [ca. 2’]

Text: Erez Biton (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.

לשוט מהחלום

Sails Out of Sleep

for mixed chorus, 1989 [ca. 11’]

Text: E. E. Cummings, Inge Steinberg, Rivka Miriam, Else Lasker Schuler, Guillaume Apollinaire, Antonio Machado (English, Italian, Hebrew, German, French, Spanish) | Premiere: Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel, April 1991.

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Solo Works

יצירות סולו

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Air Drawings

רישומי אוויר

Bass clarinet solo, 2020 [ca. 7’]

Recording premiere: Jonathan Hadas, as part of Israel Composer’s League clarinet-solo project, Feb. 2021.

 

מיניאטורה

Miniature

Cembalo solo, 2020 [ca. 1’]

Recording premiere: Hagai Yodan, as part of his 1-minute project, Feb. 2021.

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התבוננות רכה על הדרך

Tenderly Looking Over the Path

Piano solo, 2019 [ca. 7’]

Recording premiere: Shira Lehgman, Feb. 2021.

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מרחק שקוף

Transparent Distance

Organ solo, 2011 [ca. 12’]

Premiere: Yuval Rabin, Hecht Auditorium, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, February 2012 | Featured in the CD "Highlights of the 2011/12 Organ Recital Series, University of Haifa, 2013.”

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שפה זרה

Safa zara (“Foreign Language”)

Voice solo, 2009 [ca. 3’]

Text: Yehuda Amichai | Premiere: Etty BenZaken, Duke University, NC, USA 2009

 

אירועים פנימיים קטנים

Little Inner Events

Harp solo, 2008 [ca. 8’]

Commission: Harp & Zamir Society, the 17th International Harp Contest, Israel | Published by IMI, Israel Music Institute | Premiere: Gittit Boazson (harp), Felicia Blumenthal Center, May 2009.

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איפה תעינו, תודה רבה

Where Did We Go Wrong, Thank You

Voice solo, 2003 [ca. 13’]

Text: Dan Pagis (Hebrew) Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice), Hecht Hall, Haifa, May 2003 | Featured in BenZaken’s CD “Voice Drawings", 2013.

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צעדי מלאך

Angel’s Steps

Piano solo, 1998 [ca. 11’]

Premiere: Sarah Cahill (piano), Hertz Hall, Berkeley, May 1999.

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שתי שנים ומחצה

For Two and a Half Years

Voice & electronics, 1995 [ca. 6’]

Text: from the Talmud (Hebrew) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice), CNMAT - Center for New Music and Audio-Technology, Berkeley, Dec. 1995.

 

פתוח

Open

Piano solo, 1994 [ca. 8’]

Commission: the Jerusalem Museum Music Series, Jerusalem, Israel | Premiere: Sarah Cahill (piano), ODC Gallery, San Francisco, Nov. 1996.

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מצבי רוח

Moods

Mandolin solo, 1987 [ca. 6’]

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

 

ארבע תמונות לגיטרה סולו

Four Pictures for Solo Guitar, 

Guitar solo, 1986 [ca. 6’]

Premiere: Shlomo Oz (guitar), Jerusalem, Aug. 1986 | Recorded by the Israeli Radio, Daniel Akiva (guitar).   

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Projects of Folk Songs Arrangements

פרויקטים של עיבודים לשירי-עם

 

The Streets of Our Childhood

ברחובות ילדותנו

14 arrangements of children folk songs and folk tales, 2017 [ca. 50’]

Voice, recorder, violin, cello, guitar, double bass, percussion.

Texts: folk songs (Hebrew, French, Ladino, Yiddish, English, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken & Modalius ensemble, Israeli Music Festival, Zikhron Ya’akov, Sep. 2017. | Digital album expected in 2021.

Video excerpt 1 “Frere Jacques" >> 

Video excerpt 2 “Meu pintinho amarelinho” >>

 

At The Castle's Window

בחלון הטירה

9 arrangements of Spanish & Judeo-Spanish medieval songs, 2017 [ca. 20’]

Voice, recorder, lute, cello, percussion

Additional version:

Voice & 10 instruments (2 recorders, 2 celli, double bass, guitar, lute, percussion).

Texts: folk songs (Spanish, Ladino) Premiere: BenZaken & Modalius ensemble, Open University Concert Series, Feb. 2017.

Video excerpt 1 “Tres Morillas” >>

Video excerpt 2, Juan del Encina “Hoy Comamos” >>

 

Joy שמחה  فرحه

20 arrangements of folk songs from ethnic communities in Israel, alongside short early and contemporary pieces, since 2014 [ca. 60’]

Voice, recorder, Arabic violin, cello, guitar, double bass, percussion

Additional version (2 songs):

Voice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion.

Texts: folk songs (Hebrew, Arabic, Malayalam, Juhuri, Russian, Yiddish, Ladino) and a text by John Cage | Premiere: Etty BenZaken & Modalius ensemble, Felicja Blumental International Music Festival, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, March 2014 | Released as a CD and digital album: “Joy שמחה  فرحه” 2010.

Video excerpt >>

Full CD Audio >>

 

Folk Songs of Labor and Protest

שירי עבודה ומחאה

10 arrangements of folk songs for voice & guitar, 2009 [ca. 30’]

Texts: folk songs (English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Oded Shoub (guitar), the Inter-Universities Conference for Folklore Research, University of Haifa, May 2009.

Video excerpt >>

 I Love My Love

12 arrangements of folk songs, for voice & guitar, 2006 [ca. 45’]

Additional version (several songs): voice, recorder, guitar, cello, percussion.

Texts: folk songs (English, Hebrew, Ladino,Yiddish, Armenian, Spanish, Italian) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Oded Shoub (guitar), Fool-Wise Storytelling Festival, Malta, Dec. 2006 | Released as a CD: “I Love My Love” 2010.

Video excerpt >>

 

3 Medieval Dances

arranged for 10 instruments, 2005 [ca. 9’]

2 recorders, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, 3 percussion players

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

 

6 Folk Songs

arranged for voice and 7-10 instruments, 2005 [ca. 20’]

Texts: folk songs (Hebrew, Armenian, Ladino, Yiddish) | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice), Michael & Yael Melzer (recorders),Galia Hay (viola), Shmuel Elbaz (mandolin), Oded Shoub (guitar). Orit Messer (cello), Amnon Yoel (percussion), University of Haifa, the 32nd Annual Board Meeting.

Video excerpt >>

 

The Bride Unfastens Her Braids, The Groom Faints – Ladino Project

הכלה מתירה צמותיה, החתן מתעלף – פרויקט שירי-לאדינו

Large-scale project, arrangements of Judeo-Spanish folk songs, since 1998

Texts: folk songs (Ladino, Hekitiya)

Versions:

  • 15 arrangements for voice & 10 instruments, 2018 [ca. 60’]

Voice, 2 recorders, 2 celli, double bass, guitar, lute, percussion.

Premiere: Etty BenZaken & Modalius ensemble, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Steinberg’s Ladino project, Zucker hall, Tel-Aviv, Dec. 2018.

Video – full concert >>

Full double CD >>

  • 12 arrangements for Voice & 10 instruments, 2014 [ca. 50’]

Voice, recorder, oboe, trombone, violin, gamba, double bass, harpsicord, 3 percussionists.

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

  • 2 arrangements for middle-eastern orchestra, 2009 [ca. 10’]

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

  • 8 arrangements for voice & symphony orchestra, 2008 [ca. 30’]

Premiere: Etty BenZaken & Haifa Symphony. Conductor: Omer Wellber, Haifa Auditorium, May 2008.

  • 14 arrangements for voice & guitar, 2006 [ca. 55’]

Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Oded Shoub (guitar). Tikotin Museum, Haifa, May 2007.

Video excerpt >>

  • 4 arrangements for voice & 10 instruments, 2005 [ca. 16’] 

Voice, recorders quartet, string quartet, 2 percussion players.

Commission & premiere: Renaissance Festival, Yechiam, Israel, Oct. 2005.

  • 11 arrangements for voice & chamber orchestra, 2004 [ca. 50’]

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

  • 12 arrangements voice & 4 instruments, 2002 [ca. 50’]

Voice, recorder, harp, cello, percussion.

Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice), Michael Melzaer (recorders), Adina Haroz (harp), Amnon Yoel, The Voice of Music in Upper Galilee, 2002.

Video – full concert, part 1 >>

Video – full concert, part 2 >>

  • 15 arrangements for voice & 4 instruments, 1998 [ca. 50’]

Voice, recorder, guitar, cello/gamba, percussion.

Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) & Yatán Atán ensemble, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, Oct. 1998 | Recorded and broadcasted live by the Israeli Radio | Recorded on Israel TV channel 2 | Relerased as a CD: "The Bride Unfastens Her Braids, the Groom Faints" New Albion Records, USA.,1999.

Video excerpt >>

 

Various Arrangements

עיבודים שונים

Six Haiku by John Cage, 2018 [ca. 5’]

Arranged for ensemble, from Cage’s solo piano sketches (1950-1951)

Recorder, cello, double bass, guitar, accordion.

Premiere: Modalius ensemble, cond.: Eitan Steinberg, Music Department, University of Haifa, May 2018.

 

Pari Intervallo by Arvo Part, 2017 [ca. 7’]

Arranged for voice & ensemble, from Part’s solo organ

Voice, flute, cello, double bass, guitar.

Premiere: Etty BenZaken & Modalius ensemble, Hateiva, Tel Aviv, March 2017.

 

"עד" מאת סשה ארגוב

“Ad” by Alexander Argov 2008 [ca. 4']

Arranged for string quartet, from Argov’s song

Premiere: the Israeli Contemporary Quartet, Spring Festival Rishon Letzion, April 2008.

 

La Passion Segun San Marco by Osvaldo Golijov (excerpts), 2005 [ca. 15’]

Arranged for voice & ensemble, from Golijov’s choir & large ensemble

Voice, string quartet, guitar, accordion, percussion

Commission: the International Spring Festival in Rishon Le'tzion, Israel | Premiere: Etty BenZaken (voice) and the festival’s ensemble. Conductor: Eitan Steinberg, April 2005.

 

Stabat Mater by Antonio Vivaldi, 2004 [25’]

Arranged for voice & string quartet, from Vivaldi’s voice & chamber orchestra

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

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