Death of a leading Israeli composer, 83

Death of a leading Israeli composer, 83


norman lebrecht

February 17, 2019

Friends have notified us of the death last night of Ami Maayani, former head of the Israeli Composers’ League, founder of the national youth orchestra and a vastly influential teacher.

His work is based on a fusion of many Middle Eastern musical streams.


photo: Boosey&Hawkes



  • Saul Davis Zlatkovski says:

    He was an extremely influential composer for harp music, his solos are constantly performed, and often required in competitions. His music incorporates certain Middle Eastern characteristics with intricate design, powerful rhythms and melodic themes, colorful textures and supreme technical challenges. He was also an architect. He was remarkably successful for a contemporary composer, and part of that comes from his not using twelve-tone systems, and allowing his music to have sensual, seductive qualities. He wrote numerous chamber pieces with harp, concertos, and solos: Toccata, Maqamat (the most well known), Passacallia dans le style Oriental, Five Solos for the Young Harpist, Sonatas One (for Grace Wong) and Two. I wonder how many more might have yet to be published. I am saddened by this, and had just been thinking about him recently. I will certainly be dedicating my Fifteen Sephardic Folksong Settings to his memory. He also composed guitar music for Sharon Isbin.

  • Beinisch says:

    He wrote also a great book about Wagner and was also a very good architect.