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Dorman, Avner (1975-)
Jerusalem Mix for winds and piano

Movements:
Jerusalem Mix
The Wailing Wall
Wedding March
Blast
Adhan
Jerusalem Mix

Performances:


Oct 26, 2008



Michael Henoch, Oboe
Larry Combs, Clarinet
Gail Williams, Horn
Dennis Michel, Bassoon
Eliran Avni, Piano


Oct 27, 2008



Michael Henoch, Oboe
Larry Combs, Clarinet
Gail Williams, Horn
Dennis Michel, Bassoon
Eliran Avni, Piano

DORMAN-Jerusalem Mix (2007)

Composed in 2007

Premiered on September 6, 2007 at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival by pianist Bishara Harouny, oboist Roni Gal Ed, clarinetist Julian Bliss, hornist Sharon Polyak and bassoonist Mauricio Paez.

The composer writes, “Jerusalem Mix takes its title from a popular Israeli dish made of an eclectic assortment of fried meats. The dish, much like the city of its origin, is a melting pot of flavors and characters—each preserving some of its unique characteristics while contributing to the whole. When I was first approached to write a quintet for woodwinds and piano for the tenth anniversary of the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, I knew I wanted to compose a piece that would reflect the spirit of the festival and of the city of Jerusalem.

“As I started writing the piece, I discovered that the piano and woodwind quintet is a tricky ensemble as it includes members of four different instrument families: the bassoon and oboe are both double-reed instruments; the clarinet is a single-reed instrument; the French horn is a brass instrument; and the piano is of the percussion family. I decided to use the diversity of this ensemble to mirror the diversity of Jerusalem. With this in mind I set out to write this piece as a collage of short scenes, each portraying one or more aspects of the city.

“Jerusalem Mix portrays the busyness of the modern city. Musically, this movement is based on Armenian and Turkish folk dance styles in which the length of the beats constantly varies. In the middle part of this movement, a prayer-like melody is introduced in the oboe emulating such instruments of its Middle Eastern origins such as the zurna or the duduk.

“The Wailing Wall evokes the sound of a praying crowd. This movement is based on the characteristic sigh of the Jewish prayer and pays homage to the opening movement of Mordecai Seter’s oratorio Tikun Hatzot [a sorrowful prayer at midnight remembering the destruction of the Temple].

“Wedding March is a humorous movement that is at first inspired by Hassidic music but gradually incorporates wedding music from Middle-Eastern Jewish traditions. As the wedding party reaches higher levels of ecstasy (and the guests become increasingly drunk) these different styles collide and collapse into one another.

“Blast.

“In Adhan (the Islamic call to prayer) the pianist emulates the sound of a kanun [a type of zither] by hitting the strings of the instrument with drumsticks. The prayers of the opening movement and of the Wailing Wall movement become the call to prayer of the Muezzin.

“Jerusalem Mix.

“All the movements are based on two simple melodic cells—one chromatic and the other made of a whole step. For me, the fact that these simple motives can lend themselves to the music traditions of Christianity (Armenian dance), Islam and Judaism express that on deep cultural, musical and humane levels, our cultures are closer than we realize.”

Program notes by Dr. Richard E. Rodda

Performance date: October 26 & 27, 2008



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