Ofer Ben-Amots has described his violin piece A Letter to Avigdor as a personal letter written in musical notes in place of words. It was composed as such a “letter” to violinist Avigdor Zamir (1928–1996), whom Ben-Amots remembers as an extraordinary musician as well as avatar of his instrument who had an immense influence on the composer’s musical upbringing as a child in Israel. In addition to his accomplishments as a violinist, conductor, and dedicated teacher (and great raconteur), Zamir was an officer and brave warrior during Israel’s War for Independence in 1948. In a sense, then, this piece is—in addition to a personal communication—a reference to that valiant struggle, which confirmed Israel’s establishment as a sovereign nation.
The work has an overall rhapsodic character in what the composer describes as an “associative, nonlinear form.” The opening and closing sections are rhythmically free in the manner of a recitative, while the contrasting middle section is one of perpetual motion.
Performers: Karen Bentley Pollick, ViolinAdditional Credits:
Publisher: The Composer's Own Press
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