- William Y. Elias
(b Riga, July 1, 1928). Israeli composer of Latvian birth. She received her musical education at the Riga Music Academy and settled in Israel in 1972. That year she wrote a symphonic poem, Hakshev! (‘Listen!’), for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, setting a text of E. Narusi. In 1973 she founded the first music conservatory for new immigrant teachers in Holon and was its director for approximately ten years.
Feigin developed an innovative system for teaching children in groups and has frequently conducted workshops at music education institutions throughout Israel. She has specialized in writing piano and organ works (especially for four or six hands) for use in her group teaching of children, and numbers among her progressive studies arrangements of Israeli and feast songs. Her music inclines towards traditional harmonies, inspired by the Russian nationalist school, and incorporates a great deal of folk material. While still in Riga, she composed five ballets on Russian epics: ...