Palestinian Dance for Harp

Opus: 117 Year: 1940 
Solo Harp
4:00 min

Palestinian Dance for Harp Opus 117 – from Marc Lavry’s opus book

Recording: Not yet available

Manuscripts: Located at the National Library of Israel Music Department, the Marc Lavry Archive, System Number(s) 990035289640205171

Synopsis: The composition was written before the establishment of the State of Israel, which at that time was called Palestine. Hence the name — Palestinian Dance. The dance, which Lavry would have probably called “Hora” in later years, was written for Klari Szarvas-Patki, the harpist of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra (later the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra). Marc and Helena Lavry were close friends with Szarvas-Patki, and Lavry composed a number of compositions for her.

Information from the composer’s opus book:

  • Radio Cairo, Egypt – April 8, 1940