From the age of two and after his family emigrated to Palestine, Yehezkel Braun grew up in very close association with traditional Jewish music and that of the eastern Mediterranean. The background of these influences can be heard in his compositions.
Braun was a graduate of the Israel Academy of Music and a Masters in Greek and Latin Philology from Tel Aviv University . In 1975 he studied Gregorian music with Dom Jean Claire at the Benedictine monastery Solesmes in France. The composer's main academic interests were in traditional Jewish melodies and Gregorian music. Braun gave lectures on these and other topics at universities and at congresses in England, France, USA, Germany, Italy and Israel. He is counted among the next generation of Paul Ben-Haim and Marc Lavry.
His compositions include choral works , a cappella and with orchestras , or chamber combinations, songs with piano or other instrumental combinations, chamber music and orchestral works, music for films and for TV, theater, ballet and arrangements for traditional Jewish melodies.
In addition to his compositions, Braun has published an anthology of traditional Jewish folk songs , translations into Hebrew of classical Greek poetry, and essays primarily on melody and modality. Braun was a professor at Tel Aviv University .
Prizes and awards
In 2001 he was awarded the Israel Prize for Music. He also received the Tel Aviv City Prize and the ACUM Prize.
- Darryl Lyman: Great Jews in Music . JD Publishers, Middle Village, NY, 1986, ISBN 0-8246-0315-X .
- Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
- Literature by and about Yehezkel Braun in the catalog of the German National Library
- Braun's HP with photo and all compositions
- Haggai Hitron: המלחין יחזקאל בראון מת בן 92nd obituary in Haaretz from August 27, 2014 (Hebrew)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Israeli composer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 18, 1922|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Wroclaw|
|DATE OF DEATH||August 27, 2014|
|Place of death||Tel Aviv-Jaffa|