About the composer
Eitan Steinberg is one of Israel’s most prominent and active composers. He was graduated from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music, and continued his studies at the Chigiana Academy in Siena, Italy. He received his Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught as a Visiting Lecturer in 1999. As a man who grew up in Israel, studied in Italy and California and then returned to live, compose and teach in Israel – his music embodies the convergence of different cultures and is inspired by traditional and folk materials from around the world. His collaboration with his wife, vocalist Etty Ben-Zaken has yielded more than twenty vocal works premiered by her in Israel and the U.S., many of them with polylingual texts, from Hebrew and Arabic to Turkish and Indonesian. Mr. Steinberg is head of Haifa Univesity’s Music Department and winner of Israel’s 2007 Prime Minister‘s Composition Award.
About the Stabat Mater
Female voice, string quartet and sound track
This piece - Stabat Mater, a Human Prayer- is a contemporary interpretation from the medieval Stabat Mater text about the loss of sons in war. It was commissioned by and premiered at the Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel in August 2004. The composition can be performed either as a concert piece, or as a fully staged work. Several texts are used. The texts are tied together by an original folk-like tale, telling of loss and mourning, healing and hope.
Only two excerpts from the original Latin text are used
As the original latin text has not been used, there is no colourbar.
Information about the recording
|Not an officially recording
Not an official recording. Mr. Eitan Steinberg was so kind to send me the cd. Thank you very much! It was recorded live at the premiere, in August 2004 in Israel. It is very moving to listen to.See thissite for more information.
|Israeli Contemporary Quartet
Etty Ben-Zaken, (also: text, set design, staging)
|2009 STEI-01 (232)