Dov Seltzer

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Dov Seltzer is one of the leading Israeli composers. He started his career as a song writer, and has composed some of the most successful Israeli musicals, music for theater, film scores and lately symphonic and concert hall music. He wrote hundreds of songs, many of which have become an integral part of the new Israeli folklore. Among his most well known musicals are “Kazablan”, “I like Mike”, “Utz Li Gutz Li”, “The Megilah” and others. He wrote the musical scores for more than forty films, produced both in Israel and abroad. Among his symphonic works are “Stempeniu” – a dramatic legend for narrator, violin and SO, (the work was commissioned and premiered by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra); “Tradition” – Jewish songs for violin and SO, commissioned and recorded for a CD by Itzhak Perlman and the I.P.O.; “Rhapsodie Hassidique” for violin and SO, commissioned and premiered by Lord Yehudi Menuhin in London; “The Gold of the Ashes” – a symphonic poem in commemoration of 500 years for the expulsion of the Spanish Jews, and others. Together with French dramatist Jacques Rampal he wrote the Opera “Esmeralda” based on the famous novel by Victor Hugo “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. His work “Lament to Yitzhak” – a Requiem in memory of Yitzhak Rabin, was premiered in April 1998 by the IPO, with soloists, the New Israeli Opera Choir, and the Ankor Children’s Choir, under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta, as the opening of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the State of Israel. Additional performances of the work were given by the New York Philharmonic, with soloists, the Philadelphia Singers Chorale, and the Harlem Boys Choir, conducted by Maestro Kurt Masur, as part of the 1999 Lincoln Center Festival, and on the 10th anniversary to the assassination of Rabin, by the Jerusalem SO.