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Program Notes

Israeli Triptych

Concord Band commission (2006)

Elliot Del Borgo, composer

The Concord Band is proud to present the world premier of Elliot Del Borgo’s newest work for symphonic band, Israeli Folk Suite, in tonight’s concert, conducted by the composer. This single-movement work has three distinct and contrasting sections, each based on an Israeli song. Following a quiet introduction that gradually builds in intensity, the first song, Hanukah Song, is introduced by the flute section. This theme then becomes the basis for the exciting opening section of this suite. The contrasting middle section is a slow and lush setting of the song Hatikvah, first stated quietly by the trumpets and gradually building to involve all of the resources of the band. The final section is based upon the Israeli song Hava Nagilah. Del Borgo creatively uses this well known song as the thematic basis for bringing this composition to an exciting and energetic conclusion. The Concord Band wishes to thank Elliot and Bette Finkelstein for commissioning this work.

WGM

The Concord Band was proud to present the world premier of Elliot Del Borgo’s newest work for symphonic band, Israeli Folk Suite — later retitled Israeli Triptych, in a concert on October 28, 2006 and conducted by the composer. This single-movement work has three distinct and contrasting sections, each based on an Israeli song. Following a quiet introduction that gradually builds in intensity, the first song, Hanukah Song, is introduced by the flute section. This theme then becomes the basis for the exciting opening section of this suite.

The contrasting middle section is a slow and lush setting of the song Hatikvah, first stated quietly by the trumpets and gradually building to involve all of the resources of the band.

The final section is based upon the Israeli song Hava Nagilah. Del Borgo creatively uses this well known song as the thematic basis for bringing this composition to an exciting and energetic conclusion.

The Concord Band wishes to thank Elliot and Bette Finkelstein for commissioning this work in honor of Dr. Finkelstein’s seventieth birthday.

—WGM

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