ABOUT ME

I’ve been living in Jerusalem for about 30 years. Apart from my main occupation which consists of teaching Talmud and Bible studies, I also have an abiding passion for music. I have never received any formal music training, but this hasn’t stopped me from playing the piano and composing a substantial number of short melodic pieces over the years. I have had the great good fortune of meeting some extremely talented arrangers together with whom this music was created.


ABOUT ISRAEL EDELSON

Israel Edelson is responsible for most of the arrangements on this site. He was a disciple and a former assistant to the late Maestro Leonard Bernstein, and a 1st prize winner of the prestigious Rupert-BBC 5th International Conductors' Competition in London. He is an accomplished musician, his occupations spanning from orchestral conducting through composing, to arranging and performing music on piano and keyboards. His many albums cover a great variety of styles, from classical through cantorial to contemporary Jewish.  He currently lives in New York and is working on several creative projects.



ABOUT THIS SITE

Back to Melody

Mozart’s father once told him that he should aim in his compositions to achieve what he termed “the Golden Mean”, i.e. music which would be appreciated by the connoisseurs and the general public alike. Unfortunately, it would seem that many of our modern composers have discarded his advice. The best one can say about much of the classical music being composed today is that it is interesting.

But true art was never meant to be merely interesting when it has within it the unique ability to touch our souls. The relentless quest after novelty has gradually pushed classical music into a corner, depriving it of its humanity and of its ability to reach out to a wider audience.

Many of the great composers of old, such as Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Dvorak, as well as more recent composers, such as Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Prokofiev and Vaughn Williams, regularly created music which was accessible while in no way detracting from its artistic integrity. Part of what gave their music such wide-ranging and long-lasting appeal was the presence of a melody.

It is melody in particular which is responsible for music’s ability to move and inspire us, and this is why melody lies at the heart of this project. This site consists of over 50 relatively short pieces of mainly classical music, each one of which is built around an original melody. Whilst these short pieces don’t presume to attain the exalted heights of the composers of old, they nevertheless present the listener with contemporary classical music which is both uplifting and fun.

Another feature of this collection is that it makes extensive use of instrumental colouring. This stems from the desire to expose the modern listener to the delightful and unique sounds of the various orchestral instruments, sounds which less and less people in our electronic world are accustomed to hearing. There is no reason, especially with the present back-to-nature trend, why an oboe, a bassoon, a harp, a French horn or a cello can’t be turned into something fundamentally cool.

I've always had a special fascination for musical instruments, not only on account of the special sounds they produce but also for the way they look,each with its own unique shape and color. To a certain extent musical instruments can be seen as a metaphor for human beings. There are so many types of people in the world and so much potential for friction, but just as with the different instruments in an orchestra, under the right hands and with the proper guidance, they are capable of harmonizing to produce the most beautiful of sounds.

The fact that a quarter of the tunes featured here are written in a more modern style, comes as a reminder that the two genres of classical and popular instrumental music are not, as commonly perceived, two distinct and mutually exclusive realms of musical endeavour. They both have in common the ability to refresh us and lighten the load of our everyday lives.

All praise is due to the Creator for having granted me the inspiration for these tunes, as well as the desire and ability to turn them into musical reality. Many many thanks to Israel Edelson, Yonatan Goodman, David Louis and Daniel Goldstein, without whose inspired and well-crafted arrangements this music would not have seen the light of day.
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