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Dov Seltzer
1932 -
Romania / Israel
D. Seltzer
Dov (Dubi) Seltzer (26/01/1932), an Israeli composer and conductor, born in Iasi, Romania, began studying music at an early age. He studied theory and harmony with professors Alfred Mendelssohn and Michael Jora. When Seltzer immigrated to Israel at age 15, a musical comedy he had written continued to be played for two more years, performed by one of Bucharest's professional Youth Theaters. Seltzer finished his high school studies in Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek in Israel. At the recommendation of the pianist and teacher Frank Peleg, Seltzer was awarded a scholarship to continue his musical studies at the Haifa Conservatory and later in Tel Aviv. At 18 he joined the Israel Defense Forces and was among the founders and the first official composer of the Nachal Musical Theater Group (Lehakat Hanachal). The songs he wrote for the Nachal group, and the hundreds he wrote later on, are considered cornerstones of the Israeli folk and popular Music and are standard repertory on radio and TV worldwide. During his military service, Seltzer received a special grant from the army to pursue studies in composition, harmony and counterpoint with composers Herbert Bruen, Mordechai Seter and professor Abel Erlich. Following his military service, Seltzer studied in the United States at the Mannes College of Music, receiving a diploma in composition, and then at State University of New York, where he earned a B.S. in music, majoring in conducting and composition. Among his teachers were Dr. Felix Salzer, Carl Bamberger, Roy Travis, Noah Sokolof and Robert Starer.
Upon his return to Israel, Dov Seltzer embarked on a continually active musical career, writing in particular for the musical theater. He has also written the music scores for more than 40 full-length feature films, among them Israeli, American, Italian, German and French productions.
Seltzer has to his credit several symphonic works commissioned and performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted both orchestras in concerts of his own works – the first Israeli composer to be thus recognized and honored. His works were performed by all the major Israeli orchestras as well as by the New York Philharmonic, the Queens Symphony and the British Chamber Orchestra. His works were conducted and played by artists such as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin and Yitzhak Perlman.
Dov Seltzer has twice received the Kinor David (Israel's "Oscar") as well as having been presented the Judges' Award by the Israel Composers' Association (ACUM) for Life Achievements. He has also earned numerous other awards during the course of his career. In 2009 he was awarded the Israel Prize[1] for lifetime achievements and contribution to the Israeli Music.
Lament for Yitzhak - A Requiem for a Man of Peace
Composed in:1998
Musical form:free
In memory of: Yitzhak Rabin (1922 - 1995), an Israeli politician, statesman and general.
Label(s):Helicon 02-9637
Lament for Yitzhak - A Requiem for a Man of Peace (1998). The five movements of the work are:
01. El Maleh Rahamim - Merciful God (equivalent to Kyrie eleison)
02. Yom HaDin - Day of Reckoning (Dies irae)
03. Hallel - Praise: (Gloria)
04. Kinah – Lament (Lacrimosa)
05. Ya’aseh Shalom – He Who Makes Peace (Dona nobis pacem)
Source:booklet of cd © Helicon 02-9637

♫ 01. El Maleh Rahamim
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♫ 02. Yom HaDin - Day of Reckoning (Dies irae)
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♫ 03. Hallel - Praise: (Gloria)
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♫ 04. Kinah – Lament (Lacrimosa)
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♫ 05. Ya’aseh Shalom – He Who Makes Peace (Dona nobis pacem)
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The tragic event of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination was an event that rocked the country, and placed it in a deep state of shock. This inspired Israeli artists with an outpouring of commemorations, but none quite as unique as the classical choral work "Lament for Yitzhak", by of Israeli composer Dov Seltzer. What better way to honor the 15th anniversary of this great man death than with the debut recording of this work on CD and DVD. This world premier was recorded at the opening night concert for the 50th Israeli Independence Day celebrations on 27 April 1998. Conducted by Zubin Mehta at the Mann Auditorium this was performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with the New Israeli Opera Chorus, the Ankor Children’s Choir and four soloists: Sharon Rostorf, soprano; Hadar Halevi, mezzo-soprano; Vincenzo La Scola, tenor, and; Haya Samir, folk singer.
Also known as “A Requiem for a Man of Peace” the text and music faithfully reflects Yitzhak Rabin’s life work and direction, in addition to his tragic death. This is a scathing statement against violence and war and an anthem of peace, love and understanding between peoples. Although a prayer of remembrance, the "Lament" is not a religious work. Despite some of the texts having been taken from Jewish prayers, it still has a secular character to it. Texts included here come from the Bible, a song dedicated to peace and written by a 12 year old Israeli girl, Jewish poetry from Spain of the Middle Ages and you will also hear taped excerpts from Yitzhak Rabin's last speech, as well as other of his speeches.
Since traditional Jewish funeral prayers have nothing to correspond to a Requiem, the five parts of this creative musical piece were adapted from a basic Christian Requiem, while removing any content that refers to Christian ideology. The Jewish prayers included in the piece parallel Requiem Masses that can be found throughout many different periods, which also shows how Christian liturgy was probably inspired by Jewish prayers.

This work was also performed in July of 1999 at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Philadelphia Chorale Choir and the Harlem Boys Choir under the baton of Maestro Kurt Masur. At the conclusion of this performance, the audience gave the work a standing ovation. Most recently, a performance of the work took place in Rome in November 2009 with the Italian Symphony Orchestra, the children's choir of St. Cecilia and the National Academy Choir of St. Cecilia conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel.
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