Ami Maayani

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Ami Maayani (January 1936[1] – February 17, 2019[2]) was an Israeli composer.[3] The founder and conductor of the Israel National Youth Orchestra, the Tel Aviv Youth Orchestra, the Haifa Youth Orchestra and the Technion Symphony Orchestra, from 1970 to 1973 and 1976–1980 he was the chairman of the Israel Composers' League. Of note is Maayani's Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, Qumran and Serenade in D.[4][5][6] Zvi Keren in his book Contemporary Israeli music: its sources and stylistic development (1980) said "The works of Ami Maayani, which have formed a continuation and extension of this school, have a style which might be described as post-Eastern-Mediterranean."[7] The American Organist said, "The lush improvisatory elements and Arabic modal influences in the music of Ami Maayani complement the pandiatonic polyphony of Yuval Rabin. Sabin Levi, on the other hand, employs minimalism and Sephardic folklore."[8]

Ami Maayani died of cancer on 17 February 2019, at age 82.[2]


  1. ^ Randel, Don Michael (15 June 2003). The Harvard dictionary of music. Harvard University Press. p. 425. ISBN 978-0-674-01163-2. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b המלחין עמי מעייני מת בגיל 82 [The composer Ami Maayani dead at age 82]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). 17 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  3. ^ Nocke, Alexandra (15 March 2009). The place of the Mediterranean in modern Israeli identity. BRILL. p. 60. ISBN 978-90-04-17324-8. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  4. ^ Isbin, Sharon (1 November 1999). Twenty-first century violinists. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-890490-08-9. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  5. ^ America-Israel Cultural Foundation (1971). Tarbut. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  6. ^ Flegler, Joel (1994). Fanfare. J. Flegler. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  7. ^ Keren, Zvi (1 January 1980). Contemporary Israeli music: its sources and stylistic development. Bar Ilan University Press. ISBN 9789652260116. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  8. ^ American Guild of Organists; Royal Canadian College of Organists; Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (2005). The American organist. American Guild of Organists. Retrieved 19 December 2011.

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