Mordecai 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).
A Descriptive Bibliography of Art Music by Israeli Composers,
Encyclopaedia Judaica, Vol.18 2nd ed. , U.S.A. 2007
Harmonie Park Press,
Grove Music Online, Oxford University Press, 2007-2008