Jerusalem, Symphonic Poem – Version 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

Marc Lavry composed the Symphonic Poem Jerusalem, Op. 249, in 1953.

In 1936 Lavry wrote Symphonic Poem Jerusalem 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.

Lavry was always in awe of Jerusalem and was humbled by the uniqueness of the city and its history. In 1950 he moved  to Jerusalem.
In June 1953 he composed a “new” Symphonic Poem Jerusalem (Op. 249) that he considered to have properly conveyed his feelings about the city that so much inspired him and his music. It was debuted that year in Jerusalem by the Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra).