Jerusalem, Symphonic Poem – II

Opus: 249 Year: 1953 
Symphonic Orchestra: pic/2,2,eh,2/bc,2–4,3,3,1–timp+2-hp-str
17:00 min

A historical performance circa 1953:
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Manuscripts: Located at the National Library of Israel Music Department, the Marc Lavry Archive, System Number(s) 990036495720205171, 990036495730205171

Lavry was always in awe of Jerusalem and was humbled by the uniqueness of the city and its history. Throughout the years he wrote three symphonic compositions about the city.

In 1936 Lavry wrote Symphonic Poem Jerusalem – I, Op. 43 for chamber orchestra, which was debuted in Jerusalem on September 26, 1936 by the Palestinian Symphony Orchestra. A year later he adapted the composition for symphonic orchestra.

In 1950 he moved to Jerusalem.
In June 1953 he composed a second Symphonic Poem Jerusalem – II, Op. 249. It was debuted that year in Jerusalem by the Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra).

In 1960 he wrote a suite for orchestra Pictures from Jerusalem, Op. 293.