Death of an Israeli composer, 83

The funeral has taken place of Itzhak Sadai, professor at the Buchman-Mehta Academy in Tel Aviv and a respected composer who sought to fuse Alban Berg’s 12-note style with Arab-Jewish maqamat.

A Bulgarian who landed in Israel in 1949, Sadai studied with Josef Tal and Uriah Uri Boscovitz. He later fostered an electronic studio at the Academy.



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  • Sadai was my most beloved professor at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. He was an amazing, demanding and fair teacher anyone could ever dream of. He would always be at the piano doing some amazing jazz improv. I adored him and I feel so lucky to have been graced by his teaching. I am so saddened by the news.

  • Terribly sad to hear of Sadai’s passing. Studying with him at the Rubin Academy of music in Jerusalem in the late 70’s – early 80’s was the most wonderful, enlightening marvellous experience. He was a wonderful man, a great musician and the best teacher one could hope to have. RIP

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