TSIPPI FLEISCHER PERFORMANCE NEWS: During the last spring, Tsippi Fleischer visited Europe - including Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Vienna and Bratislava - for a series of working sessions in preparation for new productions of her music.
GIRL BUTTERFLY GIRL: The soprano Mor Kan-Tor performed the Hebrew version of "A girl dreamed" - the fourth song in the song cycle Girl Butterfly Girl
- in a series of concerts by the Carmina Singers, conducted by Taum Karni (Tel Aviv, June 2014).
This coming October, the soprano Brigitte Zehetner will perform the complete cycle in Vienna (in a Hebrew version for voice, flute and piano), alongside "Shir Shabbath" (Sabbath Song, one of the pre-opuses).
AHARON DOLGOPOLSKY NEWS, on the second anniversary of his death: The Indo-European Dictionary with Nostratic Etymologies
by Aharon Dolgopolsky has been published. Following the publication of his monumental dictionary, covering 4,000 Nostratic roots (the global reconstruction) by Cambridge University, Prof. Dolgopolsky was commissioned to prepare a series of affiliated dictionaries, each dealing with a different macro-family. He was hard at work on those dictionaries prior to his death, and the first of those - dealing with the Indo-European family - has just been published. There was great demand for this dictionary among linguists who study this macro-family; since its publication, it inspired substantial interest and has been widely distributed. To obtain a hard copy of this dictionary, contact Kirill Babaev: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to announce that the worldwide shipment of Tsippi Fliescher's CDs - to libraries in universities and music academies, radio and television stations, orchestras, choirs and opera houses - has been completed successfully. Copies of the CDs were also sent to all the music libraries in Israel.
New CDs available online!
The Discography section
now includes Tsippi Fleischer's most recent CDs, released in 2013: The Box of Late Opuses
, which features world-premiere recordings of works composed in 2011-2012; and Innovated Classics
, featuring new versions and interpretations of Fleischer's Girl Butterfly Girl
and Like Two Branches
. The discography also includes a page dedicated to Etty BenZaken's new CD, Voice Drawings, which features her performance of Saga Portrait
Two of Tsippi Fleischer's works - Appeal to the Stars
- received their West Coast premieres by students at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), in a festive concert titled "Chamber Music Across the Divide"
on December 8, 2013. The concert was part of the symposium "Listening to the Other: Mideast Musical Dialogues"
, which took place at UCLA on December 2-8, and also featured the US premiere of A Letter from Naguib Mahfouz.
Fleischer's music received excellent performances and earned an enthusiastic response from the audience.
The Clock Wants to Sleep
was performed at the ISCM festival (Vienna-Bratislava 2013) on November 4, 2013, by a choir of pupils at the Zakladna umelecka skola (Elementary School for the Arts) in Sahy, Slovakia, conducted by Martina Balazova. This performance follows on the world premiere, fully-staged production of the English version of Oasis
in Bratislava on May 2013, which can be viewed here
. The Clock Wants to Sleep
had already been performed in Zagreb in 2011
, also at the ISCM festival.
The CD Innovated Classics
received its radio launch on November 21, 2013, in Tsippi Witztum's program on new recordings on Israeli Radio's Voice of Music channel.
We are delighted to announce the release of a new CD, INNOVATED CLASSICS. This disc sheds new light on two of Tsippi Fleischer's major settings of Arab texts, which enjoyed remarkable new performances in recent years. The cycle Girl Butterfly Girl is presented in two new versions - with chamber ensemble (sung in Hebrew) and with a symphony orchestra (sung in Arabic). The cantata Like Two Branches is presented in a compassionate performance conducted by Tamir Chasson; selected passages are also presented in the original version, with the kanun. The CD is available from the Israel Music Institute
and by contacting the composer directly (email@example.com)
. It will also be available soon for listening and downloading from the composer's website.
My beloved husband, the linguist Prof. Aharon Dolgpolsky, passed away one year ago. To commemorate his legacy, I am sending here a memorial to him
(in Hebrew), written shortly after his death. May he rest in peace.
Tsippi Fleischer's book Matti Caspi - The Magic and the Enigma
(in Hebrew) was published in May 2013; for details (in Hebrew) see: http://www.kibutz-poalim.co.il/matti_caspi
. A festive book launch will be held on July 13, at ACUM's Beit Hayotser at Tel Aviv Harbour; for details (in Hebrew), see: http://bama.acum.org.il/?p=4451
In preparation for this event, Zmira Lutzky will broadcast an hour-long conversation with Tsippi Fleischer about the book, and the uniqueness of Matti Caspi's harmonic language, on July 11 at 6 PM, in her program on Israeli radio's Voice of Music channel.
On July 18, at 8 PM, there will be a festive event at Beit Bialik, Tel Aviv, honouring the 80th birthday of Sasson Somekh, the world-renowned scholar of Arab literature. Tsippi Fleischer (see her article on her long association with Sasson Somekh here
will attend the event, presenting her work A Letter from Naguib Mahfouz
as performed by the Vokalquintett Berlin. The work is based on a letter which the Egyptian author and Nobel-prize laureate wrote to his friend Sasson Somekh.
The children's opera Oasis
continues to excite enthusiastic responses. For a summary of recent responses, click
. For a photo gallery of the fully-staged world premiere of the English version in Bratislava, click here
. For a filmed version the first scene from the Bratislava production, click here
Upon her return from the premiere of her children's opera Oasis
(English version, Europe), Tsippi Fleischer was told that preparations have begun for further performances of this production - at the ISCM Festival in Bratislava, as well as in Vienna, Prague and Budapest. These performances will be arranged in collaboration with the Israeli Embassies in these countries.
The English version of the children's opera Oasis
was premiered on May 19. This fully-staged production took place at the St. Cecilia Elementary School of Arts, Bratislava. The opera was sung by children, pupils at the school; the choreography, stage and costume design will be done by members of the Bratislava Opera House. The premiere took place in the presence of the composer, who was invited especially to attend the event. More details in the enclosed poster
. Details of the previous production, in the original German, can be seen on http://www.tsippi-fleischer.com/ac-karl.html
; excerpts can be viewed on http://www.tsippi-fleischer.com/video55.html;
and a complete recording of the work can be heard and downloaded from http://www.tsippi-fleischer.com/disco2011.html
The Tsippi Fleischer archive at the Israel National Library is now available online! On February 26, 2013
, a website dedicated to this archive
was launched within the Israel National Library website
. The purpose of this website is to make rare materials, contained in the archive which the composer donated to the National Library's Music Department - available to the public. Among other things, the website contains: audio and video recordings; original manuscripts; documentation of compositional processes; interviews with the composer; and biographical signposts interwoven with pictures, letters, documents, press clippings, and more. The event celebrating the website launch can be viewed in two parts on Youtube, here
Announcement by the Tsippi Fleischer website team: We are proud to announce two events which will mark the launch of Tsippi Fleischer's new CD - The Box of Late Opuses (VMM 1065)
. On March 18, at 10 AM, the CD's launch will be marked at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (Lecture Hall 231). Entrance is free. On March 21, Zmira Lutzki will dedicate her program Nuages, Fetes, Sirenes
to the new CD. You are welcome to listen to the program IBA's Voice of Music
channel . The program starts at 6 PM, Israel time. The new CD features premiere recordings of four works
(listed here in order of their appearance on the CD): A Letter from Naguib Mahfouz; The Animals' Wish; Symphony No. 6 - The Eyes, Mirror of the Soul; and Avram - Oratorio on the Birth of Monotheism.
On February 26, the Music Department at the Israel National Library of Israel will launch its own Tsippi Fleischer website within the Library's website
. During the launch event, Dr. Gila Flam, the Head of the Library's Music Department, will present the library's Tsippi Fleischer collection, which the new website represents; and Jenny Aouizerate-Levin will speak of "Musical spaces" in Tsippi's image, as reflected in the new website. In addition, the composer herself will introduce audio and audio-visual excerpts from her works. The event will include an exhibit of selected manuscripts by the composer from the Library's collection. Entrance is free, and the public is welcome. A link to the new website will posted here soon.
On January 18-24, the internet radio station Radio Arts Indonesia
broadcast, for the second time, a series of programs dedicated to Tsippi Fleischer's music, as part of their "Composer of the Week" segment. The programs included, among others, Saga-Portrait, the Second and Third Symphonies, Fibonacci Dance, and others. This radio station frequently broadcasts Fleischer's music.
Five new videos dedicated to Tsippi Fleischer's music have been uploaded to the composer's Youtube channel: two complete productions of the opera 'Cain and Abel' - the world premiere
(Tel Aviv, 2002) and the European premiere
(Viena, 2005); a film documenting the production of the musical Alei kinor
at the Hess Elementary School in Petah Tikva, Israel, 2011; and short films portraying the premieres of two new compositions, The Animals' Wish
and Symphony No. 6 - The Eyes, Mirror of the Soul
. Pages dedicated to these new videos will be uploaded soon on this website.
The oratorio Avram
returns! Following the great success of the world premiere at the Israeli Music Celebration, a further performance will take place on December 6 at Notre Dame de Sion at Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. For further details, press here.
To hear an excerpt from the work, press here.
The world premiere recording of Letter from Naguib Mahfouz,
the latest work by Tsippi Fleischer, with the Vokalquintett Berlin,
took place in Berlin on October 20, in preparation for the premiere stage performances in Israel and Europe. The work is sung in five languages – in the Arabic original, and in translations to Hebrew, English, German and French.
The festive world premiere of Avram – an oratorio portraying the birth of monotheism
took place at the Rappaport Auditorium, Merkaz Ha-Carmel, Haifa, on September 20, 2012, at 17:30, as part of the 15th Israeli Music Celebration. The Hemyola Women's Choir, conducted by Ron Zarhi, was joined by five violinists (students at the Thelma Yellin Arts High School) and three harpists
Tsippi Fleischer's Sixth Symphony, The Eyes, Mirror of the Soul
- a unique multimedia work, inspired by an exhibition of the same name by the late designer Dorit Harel - received its world premiere on July 20. This extraordinary event, which included the projection on a large screen of eyes' photographs from Harel's exhibition, enjoyed great success and acclaim. For details (in Hebrew), click here.
On June 10, Sapir College (southern Israel, near Ashkelon) dedicated a series of workshops to Tsippi Fleischer's music, in the framework of the Sapir Forum of Cultural Research. The event included two workshop encounters moderated by Prof. Moshe Zuckerman. He presented the opening lecture, followed by Avi Hanani (Israeli Radio), the Arab literature scholar and translator Prof. Sasson Somekh, and Tsippi Fleischer. The composer also directed a workshop-concert, featuring live and recorded performances of her works, as well as unique documentation of the premiere voyage, in Israel and Germany, of her new work The Animals' Wish.
There was also an exhibition of the composer's manuscripts.
Tsippi Fleischer has been invited to participate in
the festival "Musik Unserer Zeit 2012" at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and is travelling to Germany to participate in this
festive event, produced by the Musikhochschule Münster (the
University's Music Academy), which will take place on 20-25 May.
The festival will present the world-premiere stage production of
her new work The Animals' Wish,
featuring acting, pantomime
and dance, in two performances � one by children, the other by students
from the Music Academy. The Festival will include a performance
of a new German version of Fleischer's song-cycle Girl-Butterfly-Girl,
as well as many of her solo and chamber works. The composer will
also present a lecture on her video-art composition Daniel in
the Den of Lions.
The composer Tsippi Fleischer embarks this month on a European tour, to record the world premiere of two new versions of her song cycle Girl-Butterfly-Girl
� for a chamber ensemble and for an orchestral ensemble. These versions will open up a new path in the continuous world journey of this song cycle, which had already received numerous versions and performances.
During this tour, she will also be taking part in several meetings in Europe, in preparation for an English-language production of Oasis.
Last month, this opera's premiere production received the Linz-Papageno International Award for children's operas; it was awarded the first prize, having competed with dozens of children's operas from around the globe.
From now on (January 10, 2012),
all of Tsippi Fleischer's albums are available freely for listening
and downloading from this website's Discography
pages - from the LP "Music
for Small Ensembles" (1986), specially digitised for this website
after years of being unavailable, and up to the new
CD Oasis, featuring world-premiere performances of three of
the composer's works, composed in 2009-2010.
The children's opera Oasis
(libretto: Yael Medini), which illuminates the world of the children
of Sinai during the Exodus, has now received a superb world-premiere
recording (following its acclaimed debut production
last year in Germany). The new CD (VMM 4007) also includes the world
premiere recordings of two more works: Moderna
. For details, see
. The CD can be obtained through Vienna
or by contacting this website. The opera is already
available in English and Hebrew versions.
Many of Tsippi Fleischer's works are broadcast weekly on Radio
. Updated playlists - including a special listing
of contemporary composers, where broadcasts of Fleischer's music
can be easily located - can be downloaded every week from their
All the video films linked with Tsippi Fleischer's compositions
have been uploaded to her Youtube channel: youtube.com/user/tsippifleischer1
A full table of contents for these films can be found on the video
section of her website: http://www.tsippi-fleischer.com/video.html
A new, extensive French section is now available on the website: