Concerto for Harp and Orchestra

Concerto for Harp and Orchestra

Opus: 334 Year: 1963 
Solo Harp, Symphonic Orchestra: 2/pic,2,eh,2,bcl,2-2,2,1,0-timp+3-pn-str
18:00 min
Sheet Music
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra : Full Set$134.00
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra : Piano Reduction$21.00
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra : Score Only$25.00
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra : Solo$14.00

Recorded at the Henry Crown Auditorium, Jerusalem, 1985
Efrat Lavry-Zaklad, Harp
David Robertson, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

When Lavry composed the concerto in 1963, he had two goals in mind: to explore various unconventional harp textures and to compose a work he would perform together with his daughter Efrat, a harp student.
The first goal was achieved yet, unfortunately, he passed away in 1967 prior to the concerto’s first performance.

The first movement opens with a cadenza serving as an introduction. This is followed by the main part of the movement, which is lyrical and uses rhythms typical to Lavry: a 9/8 measure divided onto three quarter notes and three eights notes.

The second movement is a bridge to the third one. It is a kind of a cadenza in which the harp is joined by other instruments, each playing a solo part.

The last movement is dance-like incorporating many syncopated rhythms. It is based on a single theme that Lavry explores via various techniques. The main theme is a dialogue between the percussion section (the timpani) and the soloist thus addressing the harp’s percussive color. The “Middle Eastern” atmosphere is enhanced by the use of octaves and unisons.



June 19-20-21, 2010
The Haifa Symphony Orchestra
Efrat Lavry-Zaklad, Harp
Uri Segal, Conductor