Da-Oz, Ram

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DA-OZ, RAM (1929– ), Israeli composer. Born in Berlin, he immigrated to Ereẓ Israel in 1934 and studied piano and oboe in Haifa. He lost his eyesight while fighting in the War of Independence (1948). After the war, he studied theory and composition privately with Hajos for three years, and graduated from the Tel Aviv Academy of Music in 1953. His early compositions show tendencies toward chromatic modulations and the influence of Prokofiev and Bartok. From the 1970s, Da-Oz employed traditional styles in combination with "free tonality." Among his works for piano are Capriccio (1960); Aspects, Prologue, Variations and Epilogue; Changing Phantoms for orchestra (1967); Illuminations for violin solo; three madrigals (1967); Rhapsody on a Yemenite Jewish Melody for orchestra (1971); Jubilee Chants for choir and orchestra (1984); I Loved a Shepherdess: Fantasy on Sephardic Melodies for violin and piano (1991); and Two-Part Inventions (1995). He also composed several Israeli folk songs.


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