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Verdina Shlonsky

 Shlonsky, Verdina, 1905-1990

Verdina ShlonskyVerdina Shlonsky, born 22 January 1905 in Yekaterinoslav (later to become Dnipropetrovsk), Ukraine, died 20 February 1990 in Tel Aviv, Israel. ​

Israeli composer, Pianist and essayist. She studied piano with Egon Petri and Artur Schnabel at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik. In 1929 she moved to Paris, where she studied composition with Nadia Boulanger, Max Deutsch, and Edgar Varese. She visited Palestine during 1934-7 and at the beginning of World War II she went to Paris. Because of the German invasion she fled to London. In 1944 Shlonsky immigrated to Palestine where she settled in Tel Aviv. She composed Symphonic, Chamber and Piano music. She also composed music for the theater and lieder to Hebrew poems by prominent poets such as Lea Goldberg, Shin Shalon, Raphael Eliaz, and her brother Abraham Shlonsky. In her essays, published in the Israeli press, she portrayed musical life and the life of musicians in both Israel and Europe, and dealt with the lively ideological struggle between the supporters of avant-garde music and its opponents. These were also the topics of her prolific correspondence with leading musicians worldwide.

Among her works: 
 
 ·  Images Palestiniennes for voice and piano (1930)
 ·  Still Life for piano (1932)
 ·  Symphony No.1 (1935)
 ·  Piano concerto (1944)
 ·  String Quartet (1948)
 ·  Hodaya (Thanksgiving) Cantata for Choir and Orchestra (1948)
 ·  Two Sonatas for Violin and Piano (1954)
 ·  Euphonia for chamber orchestra (1967)
 ·  Silhouettes for Voice and Percussion (1977)

Shlonsky won the First Prize of the French Government Competition for Women Composers for her Poeme Hebraique for voice and piano (1931), Bartok Prize (1948), ACUM prizes (1973 and for Life's Work in Music - 1984).

References:
 ·  Encyclopedia Judaica, Vol.18, 2nd ed., U.S.A., 2007

 

Archive Details

Creator
Shlonsky, Verdina, 1905-1990
Title
Verdina Shlonsky
Call No.
Repository
Music Center
Extent
1 meter
Languages
Hebrew, English, German, French, Russian
Source of Acquisition
Donated by the composer in 1987
Processing history
Catalogued by Claude Abravanel

Shelf No.
Music Center Archives
Scopeiandicontent
Life and Work of the Composer
Organiztioniofithe Collection
Section
Units
Content
A
176
Music Manuscripts
B
55
Articles & Literary works (Manuscripts)
C
62
Printed Articles by Verdina Shlonsky
D
321
Correspondence
E
36
Documents
F
7
Printed articles on Verdina Shlonsky
G
23
Programs
H
63
Newspaper Clippings
I
43
Iconography

Conditionsigoverning access:
In Music Center
Conditionsigoverning reproductioniand
copyrightistatus:
 
Authorized by the Music Center
Preferredicitation:
MUS 070, Music Center, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem

 

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  • Verdina Shlonsky with her parents Tuvia and Tziporah, Germany, 1929 (Catalogue No. MUS 070 / I - 6)
  • Verdina Shlonsky, Tel Aviv, 1936 (Catalogue No. MUS 070 / I - 10)
  • A journalist card from "Al Hamishmar" newspaper, 1945 (catalogue No. MUS 070 / E20)
  • Verdina Shlonsky (on the left) with her brother Abraham Shlonsky, 1960 (Catalogue No. MUS 070 / I - 21)
  • Verdina Shlonsky at home, Tel-Aviv, 1968 (Catalogue No. MUS 070 / I - 22)
  • A drawing by Verdina Shlonsky, 1973 (Catalogue No. I - 1-2)
  • "Gdi", music manuscript, text by Abraham Shlonsky (Catalogue No. MUS 070 / A30)
  • "Gluhend Ratsel", music manuscript for voice and chamber orchestra, text by Nelly Sachs, first page (Catalogue No. MUS 070 / A33)
  • "On My Musical Way", manuscript of an autobiography, around 1986, first page (Catalogue No. MUS 070 / E2)
  • A letter (in Russian) to the composer Igor Stravinsky, 1962, first page (Catalogue No. MUS 070 / D45)
  • A letter (in Russian) to the composer Igor Stravinsky, 1962, second page (Catalogue No. MUS 070 / D45)
  • A letter (in French) to the composer Pierre Boulez, 1981 (Catalogue No. MUS 070 / D9)