Prof. Jehoash Hirshberg about Paul Ben-Haim
Musicology Department Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Varda Kotler performs Paul Ben-Haim
PAUL BEN-HAIM (1897-1984) GERMAN AND HEBREW LIEDER
Paul Ben-Haim was born as Paul
In the course of his studies at the Gymnasium Paul was especially
interested in German and Latin literature and poetry, and he became well-read
in old and contemporary German poetry, as well as in the enormous repertory of
the German Lied. He was especially influenced by Richard Strauss (1864-1949),
1 Two Hofmannsthal Lieder (1915)
In 1915, having composed more than 40 Lieder that remained in manuscript form, Paul Frankenburger arranged for two cycles, including T Lieder altogether, to poems by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929), to be published in print.
Vorfrühling is a breathless depiction of the flow of the powerful breeze predicting early spring. The Lied is through-composed, with the music changing for each of the six stanzas, including a repeat of the first stanza before a coda. The rich harmony is based on the augmented triad, with sudden chromatic shifts, an excited vocal line, and a fully contrapuntal part for the piano.
Dein Antliz continues the long tradition of German romantic monologues of the lover to the enigmatic features of his beloved, slowly building an enormous tension from the introverted opening to the powerful emotional outburst at the end. The voice and the piano move in three part imitative counterpoint and extreme chromaticism.next >
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Prof. Jehoash Hirshberg wrote the books:
"Paul Ben-Haim his life and works"
(Israeli Music Publications Ltd)
and "Music in the Jewish community
of Palestine 1880-1948”
(Oxford University Press 1995)