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Claude Abravanel

 Abravanel, Claude, 1924-2012

Claude AbravanelClaude Abravanel, born July 16, 1924, Montreux, Switzerland.  Died December 14, 2012.

 

Israeli composer and musicologist. His father was a pharmacist and his mother a singer. From early age he accompanied his mother on the piano with the best of Lieder repertoire.

 

From 1944-1948 he studied music theory and piano with Dinu Lipatti at the Conservatoire de Musique, Geneva. Between 1948-1951 Abravanel studied composition with Arthur Honegger and piano with Yvonne Lefebure at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. In 1951 he emigrated to Israel and a year later became a lecturer in music theory, harmony and counterpoint at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem. In 1958 he founded a music library within the Academy which he directed until his retirement, in 1992. In 1965 Abravanel was appointed director of the Academy's Music Instruments Museum, and in 1988 founded, also at the academy, an Israeli Music Archive, both of which he directed until 2004. From 1993 Abravanel has been serving as a volunteer archivist at the Music Department of the National Library. Abravanel composed orchestral, chamber and solo music, as well as songs.


Among his works:

 ·   Psalms for high voice and piano (1960) 
 
·   Jerusalem for voice and orchestra, text by Yolande Gerstl (1972)
 
·   Elegie for low voice and flute, text by Nathan Yonathan (1975) 
 
·   Baqasha (Supplication) for flute and piano (1981)


    References:
     ·   Claude Abravanel Archive, MUS 221, Music Department,
         National Library of Israel.

Archive Details

Creator
Abravanel, Claude , 1924-
Title
Claude Abravanel
Call No.
Repository
Music Center
Extent
0.5 meter
Languages
Hebrew, French, English, German
Source of Acquisition
Donated by the composer in 2005
Processing history
Catalogued by the composer

Shelf No.
Music Center Archives
Scopeiandicontent
Life and Work of the Composer
Organiztioniofithe Collection
Section
Units
Content
A
48
Musical Works (Manuscripts)
B
41
Books and Articles
C
32
Printed Books and Articles
D
268
Correspondence
E
76
Programmes
F
8
Posters
G
63
Newspaper Clipping
H
22
Documents
I
22
Photographs

Conditionsigoverning access:
In Music Center
Conditionsigoverning
reproductioniand copyrightistatus:
 
Authorized by the Music Center
Preferredicitation:
MUS 221, Music Center, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem
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  • Claude Abravanel at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance library, 1967 (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / I-4)
  • Claude Abravanel (left) with Yitzhak Sadai at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, 1962 (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / I-2)
  • Claude Abravanel in a music theory class at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, 1984 (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / I-9)
  • Claude Abravanel with dancer Anna Sokolow in her visit at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, 1978 (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / I-6)
  • Claude Abravanel (right) with soprano Victoria de los Angeles (left) and tenor Giuseppe di Stefano (center) at the Maria Callas contest, Athens, 1985 (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / I-10)
  • Claude Abravanel (left) and composer Haim Alexander at the library exhibition: "40 years of Israeli music" at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, 1987 (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / I-11)
  • Claude Abravanel (left) with Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski in his visit at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, 1988 (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / I-12)
  • Claude Abravanel (right) with Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki in his visit at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, 1989 (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / I-13)
  • "arba'a shirim" ("Four Songs")for voice and violoncello, text: "Song of Songs" (in Hebrew), music manuscript, 1998, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / A32)
  • "Deux Psaumes pour voix grave et piano" ("Two Psalms for low voice and piano") (in Hebrew), music manuscript, 1986, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / A30)
  • "Elegie pour voix grave et flute" ("Elegy for low voice and flute"), text: Nathan Yonatan (in Hebrew), music manuscript, 1975, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / A14)
  • Certificate for piano teaching, Ecole Normal de Musique, Paris, 1950 (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / H10)
  • A letter (in French) from the composer Darius Millhaud, 1953 (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / D187)
  • A letter (in Hebrew) from the poet Nathan Yonathan, 1975 (Catalogue no. MUS 221 / A14)