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Mordecai Seter

 Seter, Mordecai, 1916-1994

Mordecai SeterMordecai Seter born 26 Feb, 1916, in Novorossiysk, Russia (as Marc Starominsky), died 8 Aug, 1994, in Tel-Aviv.

Israeli composer, one of the founders of Israeli art music. Seter's family moved to Palestine in 1926. He studied piano in Tel-Aviv with Jacob Weinberg and Rivka Burstein-Arber. In 1932 he studied theory in Paris with Georges Dandelot, piano with Lazare Lévy and in the Ecole Normale, where he studied composition with Paul Dukas and Nadia Boulanger, his most influential teacher. He took a few lessons with Stravinsky. In 1937 Seter returned to Tel-Aviv. He taught at the Music Teachers' College and in 1951 he joined the faculty of the Israel Conservatory (later renamed the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv University) until his retirement in 1985. The style of his works run the gamut from Renaissance to 20th century techniques, and the liturgy and cantillation of Oriental Jewish music. Seter composed orchestral, chamber and solo music, cantatas, motets and songs.


Among his works:
 ·  Sabbath Cantata for choir, soloists and string orchestra (1940)
 ·  Four Festive Songs for unaccompanied choir (1946)
 ·  Ricercar for string quartet (1956)
 ·  Tikun Hatsot (Midnight Vigil), an oratorio (1958-1961)
 ·  Agadat Yehudit (The Legend of Judith), a ballet commissioned for
    Martha Graham (1962)
 ·  Jerusalem for orchestra and choir (1966)
 ·  String Quartet no.1 (1975)
 ·  Piano Sonata (1982)

Seter won the Israel Prize (1965), Engel Prize (1945 and 1954), MILO Prize (1961), Premio Italia Prize (1962) and ACUM Prize for life work (1983).

References:
 ·  Alice Tischler, A Descriptive Bibliography of Art Music by Israeli Composers,
    Harmonie Park Pr
ess, Michigan,1988  
 ·  Encyclopaedia Judaica, Vol.18 2nd ed. , U.S.A. 2007
 ·  Grove Music Online, Oxford University Press, 2007-2008

 

Archive Details

Creator
Seter, Mordecai, 1916-1994
Title
Mordecai Seter
Call No.
Repository
Music Center
Extent
2 meters
Languages
Hebrew, English
Source of Acquisition
Donated by his wife Dina Seter in 1999
Processing history
Catalogued by Claude Abravanel

Shelf No.
Music Center Archives
Scopeiandicontent
Life and Work of the Composer
Organiztioniofithe Collection
Section
Units
Content
A
178
Manuscripts (Compositions)
B
45
Note Books (music sketches)
C
12
Various manuscripts
D
32
Note Books (not music)
E
14
Articles by Seter and Interviews
F
9
Documents
G
66
Correspondence
H
134
Programmes
I
4
Articles about Seter
J
566
Newspapper clippings
K
7
Posters
L
27
Photographs

Conditionsigoverning access:
In Music Center
Conditionsigoverning
reproductioniand copyrightistatus:
 
Authorized by the Music Center
Preferredicitation:
MUS 110, Music Center, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem

 

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  • Mordecai Seter (on the right) and composer A.U.Boskovich, the 1940's (Catalogue no. MUS 110 / L13)
  • "East and West" Conference at "King David" Hotel in Jerusalem. From right to left : composers Mordecai Seter and A.U.Boskovich, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Zoltan Kodaly and composer Menahem Avidom, 1963 (Cataloge no. MUS 110 / L16)
  • Mordecai Seter (in the middle) during a rehearsal of the Kol Israel Broadcasting Orchestra at Jerusalem YMCA. On the left – the conductor Gary Bertini (Catalogue no. MUS 110 / L12)
  • Mordecai Seter receives the Israel Prize from the President Zalman Shazar, 1965 (Catalogue no. MUS 110 / L25)
  • Mordecai Seter, January 1977 (Catalogue no. MUS 110 / L5)
  • String Trio for violin, viola and violoncello, music manuscript, 1953, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 110 / A138)
  • "Tikun Hatsot" ("Midnight Vigil"), music for ballet based on Jewish Yemenite themes, music manuscript for orchestra, 1957, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 110 / A85)
  • The Engel Prize diploma (in Hebrew) (Catalogue no. MUS 110 / F9)
  • A programme of the Ballet "Agadat Yehudit" ("The Legend of Judith") commissioned for Martha Graham, Habima Theatre, Tel-aviv, 25.10.1962 (Catalogue no. MUS 110 / H33)
  • A letter from the ethnomusicologist Curt Sachs, New-York, 12.9.1948 (Catalogue no. MUS 110 / G36)