Lament, In Memoriam of Ora Boasson-Horev (Yitzhak Yedid)

Program note

Portrait of Yitzhak Yedid
Yitzhak Yedid, Australian composer (Image: James Goss)

Ora was an extremely gifted bass player who performed with great talent and finesse. She was my best friend and we performed together for about 15 years.

Yitzhak Yedid (Adj A/Professor, PhD) is an award-winning composer, pianist and pedagogue.

His folio of compositions contains over 50 orchestral, chamber, solo and vocal works.

Yedid was born in Jerusalem and since 2008 he calls Australia home. He studied piano and composition in Jerusalem (Rubin Academy), Boston (New England Conservatory) and Melbourne (Monash University). His compositions explore new forms of integrating classical Arabic music, Arabic-influenced Jewish music and contemporary Western art music.

Yedid is a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow. His awards include the top two prizes in Israel for classical performers and composers: the Prime Minister’s Prize for Composers (2007) and the Landau Prize for Performing Arts (2009). Yedid’s music has won several international awards, most recently, the prestigious Canadian Azrieli Music Prize.

Inspired by literature, philosophy, art and landscapes, Yedid’s compositions form a narrative of pictures, textures and colours. His music incorporates a wide spectrum of contemporary and ancient styles and creates a unique integration between improvisation, Arabic genres and contemporary Western classical music. A confluence between the Maqamat (the Arabic music modal system), heterophonic textures of Arabic genres and compositional approaches of jazz and contemporary Western classical music have been created to produce an original sound.

PROGRAM NOTE
YITZHAK YEDID (B. 1971)
Lament, In Memoriam of Ora Boasson-Horev

For solo viola

Lament, In Memoriam of Ora Boasson-Horev is a short, unaccompanied piece for viola solo. I revisited the original piece it was derived from and published a new composition from it in 2018 in memory of my dear friend who passed away from cancer the year before.

Lament, In Memoriam of Ora Boasson-Horev is based on the Fourth Image of my work Reflections Upon Six Images (2007). I composed this virtuosic solo with Ora as the lead player in mind before she was taken from us much too early.

After Ora had left us, I amended the piece that was originally composed for double bass to suit the viola and other instruments.

Ora was an extremely gifted bass player who performed with great talent and finesse. She was my best friend and we performed together for about 15 years.

This composition was an opportunity for me to memorialise and remember her, through this unaccompanied, beautiful composition, Lament.

© Yitzhak Yedid

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