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Publisher: G. Schirmer

Azerbaijani Dance (for orchestra) (2005)
G Schirmer Inc
Year Composed
arr. 2010
7 Minutes
Programme Note
Avner Dorman Azerbaijani Dance (for orchestra) (2005)

October 6, 2010
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta, conductor
Jerusalem, Israel

Related works:
   Azerbaijani Dance (for piano)
   Azerbaijani Dance (for orchestra)

Composer's Note:
Azerbaijani Dance is inspired by a traditional Azerbaijani melody. I use its basic contour and restructure it following principles of Turkish and Central Asian music – most importantly, the concept of alternating beat lengths. Harmonically, the piece is mostly quartal and secondal, in line with the choral tradition of the region. I aim to preserve other traditional elements of Azerbaijani and Middle-Eastern music by incorporating quarter tones, Middle-Eastern percussion instruments, and extended techniques that transform western instruments into their non-western counterparts (most obvious is the imitation of the Kanun by playing inside the piano with drumsticks).

-- Avner Dorman

The program opened with the young Israeli composer Avner Dorman’s new orchestral arrangement of his Azerbaijani Dance, originally a piano work. Vivacious and appealing in its initial form, Mr. Dorman’s piece was transformed here into an exuberant display of vibrant hues and mottled quarter-tones, its propulsive odd-metered rhythms garnished with brilliant metallic percussion and crafty effects.
Steve Smith, New York Times,23/02/2011
The second piece by Avner Dorman, Azerbaijani Dance, based on Azerbaijanin melodies, is a wild rhythmic celebration which combines various percussion instruments, central Asian rhythms and middle-eastern scales with various quarter tones which are very different from the western wwll-tempered scales. It seems like the audience's ears are ready now for this complex tonality and indeed the work was received with sustained applause
Dvora Shapira Namir, Tel-Aviv Journalists Association,18/10/2010
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