Yehoshua Lakner

24.04.1924 - 05.12.2003

Yehoshua Lakner was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, he has lived in Israel since 1941. He has studied under Ö.Partos and A.U. Boscovich. He was later a teacher and composer at the Conservatory in Isreal. In 1952 he studied in the USA with Aaron Copland in Tanglewood, Berkshire Music Centre and in 1959 / 60 at the Studio for Electronic Music of the ‘Westdeutschen Rundfunks’ in Cologne. 1958 saw the world premiere of his Toccata for orchestra, performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, (Engel-Prize of the city of Tel-Aviv). He has lived in Switzerland since 1963 and has produced music for the Zurich Theatre, the ‘Theater am Neumarkt’ and from 1965 until 1972 he was the composer in residence at the ‘Theater an der Winkelwiese’. From 1974 until 1987 he was a teacher at the ‘Musikhochschule Zürich’ (Zurich School of Music) and Zurich Conservatory. Since his retirement his activities have been concentrated on AVTD or audio-visual time design, that is, compositions for computer and screen. Examples of these have been premiered at the Zurich City Music Podium, on DRS German television, at the University of Bern, Technorama in winterthur, University College London, ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) 1991 in Zurich, Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, and at the 4th European Conference on Software Quality 1994 in Basel. An exhibition of his AVTDs was also organised at the Conference on Software Quality in 1994 and in 1992 in Baden. In 1996 his AVTDs caused much interest when performed at the ‘Theater an der Winkelwiese’ in Zurich and in 1997 at the Stadttheater in St. Gallen. His prizes include the Engel Prize of the City of Tel-Aviv, the music prize from the Salomon David Steinberg Foundation and in 1987 until 1988 a sabbatical year for composition awarded by the city of Zurich.

Yehoshua Lakner
c/o Margrit Lakner
Florastrasse 35
CH-8008 Zürich
Fon: +41 (1)381 00 43
Fax: +41 (1)381 19 52


Corner Stones (1946)
for piano
Order No: 6801, sFr. 36.00
Nineteen simple contrapuntal studies; two-part, between Bach and Bartok.

3 Klavierstücke (3 piano pieces) (1947)
Order No: 6802, sFr. 21.00
Pieces of ‘temperately’ modern music. Tanz - Legende - Finale.

Notturno für Klavier (1949)
Order No: 6803, sFr. 13.00
Short introduction and melody: elements of these two forms are developed further during the course of this piece.

"Morning Song" und "Day is Gone" (1949)
for voice and piano
Order No: 6804, sFr. 18.00
Text: Elisheba The morning song is quick and rhythmical, the evening song slow and elegiac.

Mouvement in F (movement in F) (1950)
for piano
Order No: 6805, sFr. 26.00
Energetic key beating, toccata-like segments alternate with a Middle Eastern influenced melody.

Been Arbaim Bayam - Dämmerung beim Meer (1959)
for voice and piano
Order No: 6806, sFr. 13.00
Text: Dvora Levinson Quiet but syncopated undulations alternating with highly charged, stormy passages.

Kreise und Signale (1985)
for two pianos
Order No: 6807, sFr. 18.00
Open form, based on given tone material. A free form reuslts under the influence of a few rules.

Alef - Beth - Gimmel (1991/92)
for piano
Order No: 6808, sFr. 18.00
The whole piece is derived from three chords (Alef, Beth, Gimmel). The beginning already gives the speech rhythm of the first three letters of the Hebrew alphabet.


Yehoshua Lakner - Piano Works from Six Decades
Yehoshua Lakner:
Three small piano pieces
Five Birthdays
Cornerstones - To Yahli (nineteen easy polyphonic studies for piano solo)
Alef Beth Gimmel
Circles and Signals
(Tomas Bächli, Petra Ronner)

Guild GMCD 7214
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 147
Price CHF: 30.-

CD Guild 7214: Piano Works from Six Decades

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