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Ronit Seter

(b Jerusalem, Feb 2, 1961). Israeli composer. He studied with André Hajdu and Jan Radzynski, then at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem (BM 1986), with Crumb at the University of Pennsylvania (MA 1990), and at SUNY, Stony Brook (PhD 1995). After returning to Israel in 1992, he became composer-in-residence of the Haifa SO (1993–7) and the Israel Chamber Orchestra (1998–9). He was awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for Composers in 1995. Coordinator of music studies at Haifa University, he teaches at several other music institutions. His works have been performed by the Kirov Opera Orchestra and the LSO. Striving to be communicative, Zehavi integrates various stylistic approaches, ranging from neo-Romantic to dense, almost atonal writing. In his vocal works, such as Erga (1995), Zehavi reflects the influences of Argov and Wilensky, two important Israeli song writers. His concertos for viola (...


Natan Shahar

(b Kiev, July 6, 1905; d Tel-Aviv, Aug 1, 1968). Israeli composer of Ukrainian birth . In 1924 he emigrated to Palestine, where he helped to found the Kibbutz Afiqim. The following year he joined the Ohel Workers' Theatre; there he met Yoel Angle who directed the theatre's chorus and wrote incidental music. After Angle's death in 1927, Shlomo Rozovsky, his successor, agreed to give Zeira music lessons. Zeira began by re-composing songs written by his friends. Songs written during this period include Ashreiha-ish (‘Joyful is the man’) and Paqad adonai (‘God Commanded’). The latter of these, originally performed in Yemeni style, became a hit. From the 1930s onwards, Zeira composed hundreds of songs that accompanied and reflected the changing life of the Israeli people in their new society. Any events in the Hityashvut (establishment of new settlements), whether cultural, political or religious, found their expression in his work. During World War II, Zeira enlisted in the British Army, continuing to write songs for various Jewish military units. Later, during the Independence War (...


Malinda Britton Schantz

(b Moline, IL, Aug 7, 1926). American composer and musicologist. She studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (BM 1948), Columbia University Teachers College (MA 1949) and the University of Chicago. Her composition instructors included Karl Ahrendt and Alexander Tcherepnin. After teaching in the public schools, she joined the music department at Northeastern Illinois University (1961–6) and later taught at New England College (1967–82). She has also taught composition privately at St. Paul’s School (1972–92). Her many honours include fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and first prize in the Delius Composition Competition (1971) for Haiku.

Influenced primarily by the music of Bach, Bartók, Stravinsky, the synagogue and jazz, Ziffrin's style can best be described as postmodern. Expressive and vibrant, her music often includes clear melodic lines juxtaposed against complex rhythmic gestures. Dissonance and quartal harmonies dominate many pieces. Several of her works have been recorded. Her writings include the biography ...


Eliyahu Schleifer

(b Tel-Aviv, March 6, 1942). Israeli composer. After graduating from the College of Music Teachers in Tel-Aviv (1964), he studied theory at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem (until 1967). He continued his studies in the USA at the Mannes College of Music (BM 1971), Sarah Lawrence College (MFA 1972) and Columbia University (DMA 1976). During his years in New York he taught at Queens College, CUNY and New York University. In addition to his role as professor of composition and theory at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, he has served as chair of the Israel League of Composers (1992–4) and the Israeli delegate to the ISCM (1992–6). His numerous honours include an award from the ISCM Electronic Music Competition (1975), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1981), two ACUM awards, the Joel Engel Prize (Tel-Aviv, ...


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(b Vienna, Nov 28, 1881; d Petrópolis, Brazil, Feb 22, 1942). Austrian writer . In his day a leading European literary figure, he was exceptionally cultivated and had deep humanistic sympathies. His active pacifism dates from his exile in Zürich (1917–18), during which time he met several noteworthy musical figures. After the war he became one of the more highly regarded, widely read and translated Austrian writers of his generation. In 1934 he emigrated to England, and in 1941 settled in Brazil. Distraught at the persecution of the Jews, Zweig committed suicide, together with his wife, in 1942.

His writings include several on musicians – Busoni, Toscanini and Bruno Walter, who were his close friends (Berg was another), as well as Handel, Mahler and Richard Strauss. His significance for music history lies largely in his collaboration with Strauss, which began in 1932. Only one work was produced, the comic opera ...