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Paul Ben-Haim

 Ben-Haim, Paul, 1897-1984

Paul Ben-HaimPaul Ben-Haim, born 1 October 1897 in Munich, Germany (as Paul Frankenburger), died 20 January 1984, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Israeli composer and conductor, one of the leading founders of Israeli art music. In 1920 Ben-Haim graduated from the Munich Academy of Music as conductor, composer and pianist, and then was assistant to Bruno Walter at the Munich Opera. In 1924 he became Kapellmeister of the Augsburg Opera. He composed in Germany orchestral and chamber works and lieder. In 1933 Ben-Haim immigrated to Palestine and settled in Tel-Aviv. He dedicated himself to composition and to teaching at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and at the Music Teachers Training Collage in Tel-Aviv. His notable students include the composers Ben-Zion Orgad, Ami Maayani and Noam Sheriff. Ben-Haim composed orchestral, chamber and solo music for voice and instruments. He became interested in modern Hebrew poetry, writing a series of Hebrew lieder to poems by prominent poets such as Bialik, Sh. Shlom, Lea Goldberg and Rahel. From 1939 until 1955 he collaborated with the singer Bracha Zephira as pianist and arranger of her traditional songs. Through their partnership he became familiar with the tunes, vocal production and intonations of traditional Middle Eastern music, features he borrowed for use in his own works. Brought to prominence through commissions and frequent performances of his works by artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Menahem Pressler, Leonard Bernstein, Jascha Heifetz, Uzi Wiesel and others, Ben-Haim became internationally known soon after 1945.

Among his works: 
 ·  Concerto Grosso for string orchestra (1931)
 ·  The oratorio Yoram (1932-3)
 ·   Variations on a Hebrew melody for piano trio (1939)
 ·   Symphonies no. 1 (1940) and no. 2 (1945)
 ·   Fanfare to Israel for orchestra (1950)
 ·   Sonata in G for violin solo (1951)
 ·   Piano sonata (1954)
 ·   To the Chief Musician (Lam'natzei'ach mizmor) for orchestra (1957)
 ·   Symphonic Metamorphosis on a Bach Chorale (1968)

Ben-Haim won the Israel Prize in 1957 for the orchestral work The Sweet Psalmist of Israel (Ne'im Zmirot Israel) (1953) and Engel Prize (1941 and 1953).

References:
 ·   Hirshberg, Yehoash Paul Ben-Haim, his life and works,
     Jerusalem, Israeli Music Publication, 1990
 ·   Encyclopaedia Judaica, Vol.3 2nd ed. , U.S.A. 2007
 ·   Grove Music Online, Oxford University Press, 2007-2008

 

Archive Details

Creator
Ben-Haim, Paul, 1897-1984
Title
Paul Ben-Haim
Call No.
Repository
Music Center
Extent
2.5 meters
Languages
German, English, Hebrew
Source of Acquisition
Donated by Paul Ben-Haim in 1980. Additional material was donated by his family after his death
Processing history
Catalogued by Claude Abravanel. The material was donated in several times and was separated to two sections: the manuscript written in Germany (section A) and the manuscripts written in Israel (section B).

Shelf No.
Music Center Archieves
Scopeiandicontent
Life and Work of the Composer
Organiztioniofithe Collection
Section
Units
Content
A
 
182
Manuscripts of Compositions written in Germany
B
 
182
Manuscripts of Compositions written in Israel
C
 
60
Sketchbooks & other manuscripts
D
 
26
Lectures & other literary works
E
 
13
Documents (concerning the life of P. Ben-Haim)
F
 
27
Documents (concerning musical activities)
G
Correspondences with his family
 
 
36
Letters to his father
 
 
33
Letters from his father
 
 
3
Letters from his father to Joram
 
 
75
Letters to his sister Dora
 
 
337
Letters to Helen Acham
 
 
210
Letters from Helen Acham
H
General Correspondence
 
 
51
Letters from P. Ben-Haim
 
 
218
Letters to P. Ben-Haim from Individuals
 
 
180
Letters to P. Ben-Haim from Institutions
 
 
6
Letters from unknown persons
 
 
5
Letters to/from Paul Ben Haim
 
 
14
Letters to Helen Acham and Ben-Haim
I
 
142
Programs
J
 
27
Newspaper Clipping
K
 
18
Writings on Ben-Haim
L
 
11
Varia
M
 
127
Photographs

Conditionsigoverning access:
In Music Center
Conditionsigoverning
reproductioniand copyrightistatus:
 
Authorized by the Music Center
Preferredicitation:
MUS 055, Music Center, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem

 

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  • Paul Ben-Haim in his youth, 1914 (Catalogue no. MUS 055 / M1-28)
  • Paul Ben-Haim (Catalogue no. MUS 055 / M19)
  • Paul ben-Haim (in the center), the pianist Frank Peleg and the composer-educator Itzhak Edel (Catalogue no. MUS 055 / M77)
  • Paul Ben-Haim in music lesson (Catalogue no. MUS 055 / M76)
  • Paul Ben-Haim (first row, third from the right), pianist Moshe Lustig, conductor Michael Taube, composers Oedoen Partos, Karel Salmon and painter Reuven Rubin (Catalogue no. MUS 055 / M56)
  • Paul Ben-Haim (second row,first from the left) with Kol Israel Broadcasting Orchestra (Catalogue no. MUS 055 / M)
  • Paul Ben-Haim (left), his wife Helen Acham and the writer and composer Max Brod (Catalogue no. MUS 055 / M40)
  • Symphony no. 1, music manuscript, 1940, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 055 / B163)
  • "Bat Yonim" ("The Little Dove"), music manuscript for voice, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and harp after a Sepharadi Jewish melody, text by Ch.N.Bialik, composed for the singer Beraha Zphira, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 055 / B3)
  • "Tru'ah le'Israel" ("Fanfare to Israel"), music manuscript for orchestra, 1950, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 055 / B34)
  • The Israel Prize for Music diploma to Paul Ben-Haim (Catalogue no. MUS 055 / L8)