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Haim Alexander

 Alexander, Haim, 1915-2012

Haim AlexanderHaim Alexander born 9 August 1915 (as Heinz Alexander) in Berlin, Germany. Died 18 March 2012, in Jerusalem.


Israeli composer, pianist and teacher. His studies at the Stern Conservatory were halted in 1936 as a result of the Nazi persecution, and in the same year he emigrated to Palestine. There he studied composition with Stefan Wolpe and piano with Irma Wolpe-Schoenberg and Ilona Vince-Kraus. As a student he made his living as a café jazz pianist in Jersualem and established himself as an excellent improviser.

 

Alexander was one of the founders of the Academy of Music in Jerusalem (later the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance) and until his retirement he was a professor there. Alexander taught piano, harpsichord, theory, composition and improvisation. He also taught at the musicology departments of Tel-Aviv University, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, and at New York University. In the 1950's Alexander attended avant-garde seminars in Darmstadt. In 1971 he undertook a large-scale project of transcribing traditional songs kept at the National Sound Archives, many of which he later arranged for various ensembles.

 

Alexander experienced the tension between the ideological pressure to create a new national style with a nebulous Middle Eastern and folklike orientation and the internal pressure to retain and absorb the great European heritage and the urge to keep abreast of current Western music. His works include orchestral, chamber and piano music, choral works and songs for voice and chamber ensembles.

Among his works:
·  Six Israeli Dances for piano (1950)

·  I will even Gather you (Ve'Kibatzti Etkhem) Motet for unaccompanied choir
   (
1952)
·  Merubaim (Rubiyat) for chamber orchestra,text by the Persian poet 
   Omar Khayam, (1963)
·  Nabut (Stick), a dance, for orchestra (1971)
·  Concerto for piano and chamber orchestra (1982)
·  Mein Blaues Klavier fur Frauenstimmen und Schlagzeug for weman's
   voices and piano, text by Else
Lasker-Schuler (1989-90)

Alexander won several national awards, including the Engel Prize (1956),
the Artur Rubinstein Prize (1973) and ACUM Prize for life work (1996).

References:
·  Alice Tischler, A Descriptive Bibliography of Art Music by Israeli Composers,
   Harmonie Park Press,
Michigan, 1988
·  Yehuda Cohen, The Heirs of The Psalmist, Israel's New Music,
   Am Oved Publishers Ltd., Tel A
viv 1990 (in Hebrew)
·  Encyclopaedia Judaica, Vol.1. 2nd ed. U.S.A, 2007

·  Grove Music Online, Oxford University Press, 2007-2008

 

Archive Details

Creator
Alexander, Haim, 1915-
Title
Haim Alexander
Call No.
Repository
Music Center
Extent
3 meters
Languages
Hebrew, English, German
Source of Acquisition
Donated by the composer in 2007
Processing history
Catalogued by Claude Abravanel

Shelf No.
Music Center Archives
Scopeiandicontent
Life and Work of the Composer
Organiztioniofithe Collection
Section
Units
Content
A
123
Instrumental Compositions (Manuscripts)
B
112
Vocal Compositions (Manuscripts)
C
30
Other Compositions (Manuscripts)
D
70
Writings of Alexander
E
62
Studies and Teaching Materials
F
115
Programmes
G
265
Newspaper Clippings
H
253
Correspondence
I
47
Documents
J
16
Varia

Conditionsigoverning access:
In Music Center
Conditionsigoverning
reproductioniand copyrightistatus:
 
Authorized
 
Center
Preferredicitation:
MUS 227, Music Center, National Library of Isra
el, Jerusalem

 

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  • Haim Alexander, the 1950's (Catalogue no. MUS 227 / F6)
  • Haim Alexander in a composition lesson at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the 1960's (Catalogue no. MUS 227 / F19)
  • Haim Alexander (Catalogue no. MUS 227 / F110)
  • Haim Alexander participate an exhibition of Israeli music at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, 1987 (Catalogue no. MUS 227 / J-17)
  • "Nabut" ("Stick"), A Ballet for orchestra, written for the Inbal Dance Company, music manuscript, 1972, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 227 / A57-1)
  • "Rubayat-Merubaim" ("Quartrains"), music manuscript for voice, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, vibraphone, harpsichord, double bass, text by Omar Kayyam, 1963, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 227 / B68-1)
  • "Baroque contra Jazz", teaching material, music manuscript, 1966 (Catalogue no. MUS 227 / E62)
  • "K-she Tigdali, Tavini" ("WhenYou Grow Up, You Will Understand"), music manuscript for voice, flute and piano, text by the poet Tirza Atar, 1993, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 227 / B35-1)
  • A piano teacher certificate (in Hebrew) from the Palestine Concervatory of Music, Jerusalem, 1.4.1945 (Catalogue no. MUS 227 / I 17)
  • "Music in Israel", typescript in German of a lecture presented at the "Staalhochschule fur Musik", Freiburg.i.Br, 9.7.1962, title page (Catalogue no. MUS 227 / F12)
  • Typescript notes (in hebrew) on "Pattern" for piano (Catalogue no. MUS 227 / D61)
  • A letter (in Hebrew) from the poet Nathan Yonatan, 10.2.1975 (Catalogue no. MUS 227 / H 250)