Beer Sheva , scenes for orchestra (1999) (20:38)
performed by Israel Sinfonietta/ Uri Mayer, conductor
The textures and colors of this symphonic essay are influenced by the atmosphere of the Negev - its flora and fauna, landscape, and brilliant sunlight. It draws upon the ethnic voices of Sephardic piyyutim, Yemenite and Turkish folksongs, sung by those who sought redemption in the Promised land only to plunge headlong into the modern world.
Nevel Asor, Psalterion of Ten Strings for harp (1987)(11:03)
performed by Brigitte Langnicjel-Kohler, harp
Inspired by the legendary harp of King David takes its title from Psalm 33 "Sing unto Him with the Psaltery and an instrument of ten strings".
The Philosophy Lesson, a chamber opera-a comic dialogue (1967)(19:06)
after a scene from the French Classic comedy "Bourgeois Gentleman" by Moliere (1622-1673)
Performed by Jay Stearns, Philip Kirk and instrumental ensemble conducted by William Shookhoff
M. Jourdain, the gentleman-baritone
Two characters engage in dialogue concerning which of the arts is the best. Finally the Philosopher resolves to teach M. Jourdain philosophy. He starts at the very beginning by teaching him the letters of the alphabet.
Galumph, a ballet (1968)(15:26)
performed by instrumental ensemble (Bonnie Boyd, flute; Mary Beth Pierson, piccolo; Mike Sides, oboe; Michael Du Mouchel, clarinet; Chester Rowell, bass clarinet; Dan Welcher, bassoon; Vincent Di Martino, trumpet; Timothy Ferchen, percussion conducted by Max Stern
This modern dance fantasy was conceived by choreographer Betty Bickel for her dance ensemble at the Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and premiered there in Spring, 1968. Its movements are: Introduction-Two Dancers-Young Lovers-Clock-Salesman at the Airport-Finale.