Israeliana, Suite

Opus: 258 Year: 1955 
Symphonic Orchestra: pic,2,2,eh,2,bc,2,-4,3,3,1-timp+2-pn,hp-str
Violin, Symphonic Orchestra: 2,2/eh,2,2-2,2,1,0-timp+1-pn-str
Violin and Piano
Solo Piano
15:00 min
Sheet Music
Israeliana, Suite for Orchestra : Score Only$52.00
Israeliana, Suite for Piano Solo$14.00
Israeliana, Suite for Violin and Piano : Full Set$26.00

A live recording from a concert at the YMCA music hall in Jerusalem (year unknown):
Shimon Mishori, Violin
Heinz Freudental, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Prelude – Flocks – Feast Dance – Hamsin (Heatwave) – Ancient Oriental Dance – Druze Dance

Note: Israliana was written for:

  • Symphonic Orchestra
  • Violin and Orchestra
  • Violin and Piano
  • Piano Solo

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society


Lavry wrote about his composition (translated from Hebrew):

I named my suite “Israeliana” because every part of it is connected in some way to the land of Israel. It is a non-pretentious album of impressions and pictures of the country. The suite is divided in the following way:

  • Andante Maestoso – Prelude: A choral in a ethnic rhythm, kind of a slow Hora.
  • Allegretto – Flocks: A picture of the flocks on the Galilee mountains and a shepherds’ dance.
  • Allegretto – Feast Dance: Allegretto in six-eighth meter.
  • Andante – Hamsin (Heatwave): Monotonous andante.
  • Andante – Ancient Oriental Song: An arrangement of an ancient song I heard sung by Bracha Zfira.
  • Allegro – Druze Dance: A Debka as I saw it being danced by young Druz men, masculine and war-like. The dance always excited me and I found that arranging it was emotionally cathartic.