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Menahem Avidom

 Avidom, Menahem, 1908-1995

 

Menahem AvidomMenahem Avidom, born 6 January 1908 (as Mahler-Kalkstein) in Stanislav, Russia (then Hungary), died 5 August 1995 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Israeli Composer. His mother was a cousin of Gustav Mahler. He studied at the American University in Beirut and at the Paris Conservatoire where his teachers included the composer Henri Rabaud. In 1925 Avidom immigrated to Palestine where he taught at the Music Teacher Training College in Tel Aviv and at the Tel Aviv Conservatory. Avidom was also a music critic, general secretary of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (1946-52), adviser on the arts to the Ministry of Tourism (1952-55), chair of the Israel Composers’ League (1958-71) and general director of ACUM, the Israeli Performing Rights Society (1955-80). Avidom composed orchestral, chamber and piano music, operas and songs. After writing in an impressionist style he turned towards atonal composition. While studying in Beirut and during a four-year stay in Egypt, however, he became deeply influenced by Mediterranean and Asian folk music and French culture. These influences found their expression in arrangements for the Yemenite singer Bracha Zefira (1939). In the early 1960s Avidom was Influenced by the international trends and turned to 12-tones technique. 

  

Among his works:
 ·  Concerto for Flute and string (1944)
 ·  Symphny No. 1 Symphonie Populair (1945)
 ·  Concertino for violin and piano (1949)
 ·  Symphony No. 3 Mediterranean Sinfonietta (1952)
 ·  The Opera Alexandra ha'khashmonait (Alexandra the Hasmonean)
    (1955–6)
 ·  Enigma Woodwind Quintet, piano and percussion (1962)
 ·  Arthur Rubinstein six inventions for piano, hommage to the pianist (1974)
 ·  Symphony no.10 Sinfonia Brevis (1981)
 
Avidom won the Israel Prize (1961), Engel Prize (1947), The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Prize (1951) and ACUM Prize (1962).
 
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 Aviv,
1990 (in Hebrew)
 ·  Encyclopaedia Judaica, Vol.2. 2nd ed. U.S.A, 2007
 

Archive Details

Creator
Avidom, Menahem, 1908-1995
Title
Menahem Avidom
Call No.
Repository
Music Center
Extent
1 meter
Languages
Hebrew, English, German
Source of Acquisition
Donated by the composer in mid 1980's. Additional material was donated by his family after his death.
Processing history
Catalogued by Claude Abravanel and Daria Israeli

Shelf No.
Music Center Archives
Scopeiandicontent
Life and Work of the Composer
Organiztioniofithe Collection
Section
Units
Content
A
55
Manuscripts Compositions
B
88
Correspondences
C
6
Programs
D
3
Newspaper Clippings
E
29
Documents

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governing access:
In Music Center
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governing
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Authorized by the Music Center
Preferredicitation:
MUS 065, Music Center, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem
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  • Menahem Avidom presenting Albert Einstein a copy of his symphony no. 2 "David" during a tour of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to the U.S.A, around 1949 (Catalogue no. MUS 065 / E9-2)
  • Menahem Avidom (on the left) and pianist Menahem Presler (Catalogue no. MUS 065 / E9-1)
  • Menahem Avidom (on the right) with cellist, composer and musicologist Joachim Stutschewsky (in the middle) (Catalogue no. MUS 065 / E9-7)
  • Menachem Avidom with composers Paul Ben-Haim and Mordecai Seter, and conductor Gary Bartini (Catalogue no. MUS 065 / E9-4)
  • Menachem Avidom in front of a self-portrait and other paintings of his, end of the 1980's (Cataloge no. MUS 065 / E9-11)
  • Menahem Avidom with his wife Suzet, the 1990's (Catalogue no. MUS 065 / E9-15)
  • "Mediterranean Sinfonietta", manuscript, 1951, cover page (Catalogue no. MUS 065 / A19)
  • "Mediterranean Sinfonietta", music manuscript, 1951, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 065 / A19)
  • A programme of the opera "Alexandra" in 3 acts, The Israel National Opera, Tel-Aviv, December 1975 (Catalogue no. MUS 065 / C6)
  • A letter to the composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, 29.5.1947 (Catalogue no. MUS 065 / B9)