Stephen Horenstein
Music, Arts and Society

Music for the Last Lights

A friend speculated that the Japanese flute (shakuhachi) was best heard in old age. The Japanese have a concept “ma” which roughly translates to silence. It is so much more, perhaps better translated as “a mysterious pregnant silence rich with possibilities”.  At the end of last night’s lights there is a feeling of sadness and joy with “ma”.  In the music below, I have tried to capture those feelings.  I dedicate these melodies to my dear colleague, teacher and friend, Dr. Tzipora H. Jochsberger* who passed away over a year ago.  She was a steady beacon and inspiration for me.

Music for the Last Lights, For Solo Alto Flute in G Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

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*For more information about Dr. Tzipora H. Jochsberger, here are some useful links:

About the Author
Stephen Horenstein is a composer, researcher and educator. His repertoire of musical works has been performed and recorded worldwide. He has been a recipient of the Israel Prime Minister's Prize for Composers and the National Endowment of the Arts (USA). His teaching has included Bennington College, Brandeis University, Tel Aviv University, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance; residencies at Stanford University, York University, California Institute of the Arts, and others. He is Founder and Director of the Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music, established in 1988 to bring the music of our time to a wider audience.
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