WORKS



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Sergiu Natra is a composer with a clear European orientation, who has a clear personal stamp and a particular writing style with melodic flow, polymodal language and ideas, gradual development and shaping of motive material. He makes use of an exceedingly rich palette of sound-colors, unusual instrumental combinations, central registers of instruments (and voices), playing techniques which are natural and comfortable and succeed in producing optimal sound, texts in a new language, with its fresh rhythms and sonorities.

His works are performed and broadcast all over the world, among others, in Israel, the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Netherland, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Swissland, Czech, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Japan, Taiwan, Australia.

Part of the composers scores, that were published, among other, by IMI and NATRA PUB. in Tel-Aviv and by Harposphere in Paris, the respective recordings, books and articles, are found in libraries, such as, Beit Ariela Public Library and Cultural Center (Israel), The National Library of Israel, The library of Congress (USA), The Harold B. Lee Library (USA), The German National Library, The European Library and in many university libraries around the world.


  • Divertimento in Ancient Style (1943) for string orchestra; 14', first performance in 1943; received Enescu Prize (1945)

  • March and Chorale (1943) for orchestra, 11', first performance in 1944; received Enescu Prize (1945) "A young composer's revolt against Nazi oppression during World War II"

  • The Flood stage music (1944) for the theater work by Mihail Sebastian, first performance in 1944

  • Laughter and Tears (1944) stage music for the Song of Love of Three Oranges by Carlo Gozzi (in collaboration with Edgar Cosma), first performance in 1944

  • Way To The Concentration Camp (1944) dance music for the recital of Judith Taussinger dancer, first performance in 1944

  • String quartet nr. 1 (1944)

  • Spacetime symphony for string orchestra (1944 / 2017), 40'

  • Spacetime for string quartet (1944 / 2017), 20'

  • Divertimento in ancient Style (1945) for string orchestra with piano, 14', first performance in 1945; received Enescu Prize

  • Three Street Cortèges (1945) Piano, first performance in 1945

  • Four Poems (1945) stage music for reciters, violin and piano, lyrics of Margareta Dorian and Liana Maxi, first performance in 1945

  • Variations for Piano (1946)

  • Suite for Piano (1947)

  • Suite for string orchestra, piano and vibraphone (1947)

  • The Girl Soldier (1947) poem music for reciter and piano, lyrics by Ilya Ehrenburg, first performance in 1947

  • Music for Children (1947), piano, 5'20, 7 pieces on Romanian folk tunes from the Bartok collection of Bihor, first performance in 1947

  • Song for Republic (1948), mixed choir voices and piano for lyrics by Nina Cassian, first performance in 1948

  • Spring Song (1948), for children choir with 2 equal voices, lyrics by Letitia Papu, first performance in 1948

  • Suite for Orchestra (1949), 11'; first performance in 1950; received Romanian State Prize, dedicated to Leon Klepper Natra’s teacher;

  • Earth and Water symphony for orchestra (1949/2017), 4 movements, 30'

  • Two pieces for film journals (1950) for orchestra; music for film

  • Symphony for orchestra (1951), 35', first performance in 1951 (1’s mouvement)

  • Songs collection (1952)

  • Four Poems (1956) for baritone & orchestra, 28', Texts: Stefan O. Iosif, Mihai Eminescu, Tudor Arghezi, Emil Isac, first performance in 1958

  • Four Poems (1956) for baritone & piano, 28', Texts: Stefan O. Iosif, Mihai Eminescu, Tudor Arghezi, Emil Isac

  • Symphony for string orchestra no. II (1959), 26'; first performance in 1962

  • Music for Violin and Harp (1960), 12', first performance in 1965, Tel-Aviv

  • Interlude for Harp (1962), 8'

  • Festive Overture - Toccata and Fuga (1963) for orchestra, 12', first performance in 1963

  • Sonatina for Harp (1963), 7', solo harp first performance in 1963, Israel; received prize for the mandatory piece in International Harp Contest

  • Music for Harpsichord and Six Instruments (1964) harpsichord, flute, clarinet, 2 violas, cello, & double bass, 19’, first performance in 1964, Jerusalem; many performances as a ballet music titled The Wait

  • Symphony for String Orchestra (1964), 19', first performance  in 1972

  • Music for Oboe and Strings (1965) oboe & string orchestra 3 movements, 16', first performance in1965, dedicated to composer's wife, Sonia

  • Variations for Piano and Orchestra (1966), 22'10", first performance: 1967

  • Tongues of Fire (1967) Le'shonot ha'esh ballet music in 4 acts for orchestra, 35’, first performance in 1967; Bath Sheva Dance Company (Pearl Lang, USA)

  • Song of Deborah (1967) Shirat Devorah, voice & orchestra; text: Bible: Judges: 5, in Hebrew, 17', first performance in 1967 in USA; received Tel-Aviv Municipality Engel Prize

  • Tongues of Fire Symphony (1968) Le'shonot ha'esh, 30', first performance in 1968

  • Prelude and Nehemiah Builds the Second House (1968) choir (SATB), baritone & orchestra, texts: Bible: Apocrypha; Book of Nehemiah, in Hebrew, 10', first performance in 1968, (1’st Testimonium)

  • Memorial for Harp (1968), 8'

  • Sonatina for Trombone in 5 movements (1969), 11’, solo trombone, first performance: 1969

  • Sonatina for Trumpet in 4 movements (1969), 7’, solo trumpet, first performance in 1969

  • Prayer (1970) solo harp, 6', first performance in 1970

  • Trio in One Movement nr. 1 (1971) piano trio, 12', first performance in 1972, Tel-Aviv

  • Dedication (1972) various passages from Bible Psalms; Isaiah, in Hebrew, first performance in 1972

  • A Book of Hebrew Songs (1973) 10 pieces for harp, 12', first performance in 1977, Tel-Aviv; based on songs from various Jewish communities, mandatory work in Israeli Harp Contest 2014

  • Divertimento for Harp and Strings (1974) string quartet & double bass ad lib., 10', first performance in 1977 (USA)

  • Sonata Brevis for trombone bass (1974)

  • Sacred Service (1975), choir (SATB), baritone, soprano, violin, cello, harp, & organ, 40’, first performance in 1982 (USA)

  • Sacred Service (1975) 3 choruses organ, choir (SATB), baritone, soprano, violin, cello, harp, & organ, 7’

  • Sacred Service (1975) 2 songs, soprano, piano, 11'

  • Discoveries (1976) "Entdeckungen" Children’s play for 10 pedal harps, 5 Irish harps, & percussion (3), text: Phia Berghout (Netherland); Sonia & Sergiu Natra, in German, 7', first performance in 1977 (Nederlands); conceived as a project for ISCM Days, Bonn, Germany

  • Pages from a Composer's Diary (1978) for orchestra, 15', first performance in 1978

  • Variations (1978) for harpsichord, 13', first performance in 1978

  • Song of Deborah (1978), voice & full orchestra, text: Bible: Judges: 5, in Hebrew, 17', first performance in 1979 

  • Sacred Service (1978) for orchestra voice solo and choir, first performance in 1983

  • Introduction and three interludes (1978) for symphony orchestra, part of the Sacred Service work

  • Museum on the Hill (1979) film music for clarinet, French horn, viola, cello, piano, harp, percussion, & accordion, 27'; recorded, 1979, Jerusalem Film Center, about the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

  • Hours (1981) 7 songs for alto, clarinet, violin, & piano text: Sonia Natra, 12', first performance: 1981

  • Diary of a Choreographer (1982) ballet music for flute, piano, & tape, 30', first performance: 1982, Bath Sheva Dance Company (Robert Cohan UK)

  • Music For Harp and Three Brass Instruments (1983) harp, trumpet, trombone, & French horn, 8', first performance in 1983

  • Miracle of the Peoples (1984) cantata for choir (SATB), soprano, baritone, & orchestra text: Bible: Isaiah, in German, 16', first performance in 1984

  • Divertimento for Harp and String Orchestra (1985), 12'

  • Divertimento for Harp,  Flute and String Orchestra (1985), 12'

  • Music for Violin and Piano (1986)

  • Fantasia for Violoncello and Piano (1987)

  • Sonatina for Piano (1987)

  • Developments (1988) viola & orchestra, 11', first performance in 1989

  • Developments (1988) for viola and piano, 11'

  • Music for Nicanor (1988) harp, flute, clarinet & string quartet, 12', first performance in 1990 ( USA); commissioned by the harpist Nicanor Zabaletta 

  • Ancient Walls (1990) harp & trombone, 10', first performance in 1990 (France)

  • String Quartet No. 2 (1991), 15'

  • Concerto a quattro (1993) clarinet, trombone, cello, organ, & string orchestra, 18'

  • Sonata for Four Harps (1993), four harps, composed during Natra staying in Paris at Citee des Arts (1992)

  • Wings (1994), choir (SATB), text: Sonia Natra in Hebrew, 4', dedicated to granddaughter, Gillie

  • Wings (1994), 4', soprano &piano, text: Sonia Natra in Hebrew, 4', dedicated to granddaughter, Gillie

  • Ballade Millenaire (1998), solo harp, 7'; first performance in 1998

  • Harmonic Tone Image for Sivan and Gil (1998) 2 pianos, 10', first performance in 2000

  • Reflections on Mordechai Zeira’s Song Two Roses (1998) string quartet, 4'

  • Sonata in One Movement (1999) harp & string quartet, 15', first performance 1999 (Prague)

  • Three Poems (2000) Exod, Ricercare, Destin, for voice, text: Sonia Natra

  • Trio in One Movement nr. 2 (2001) piano trio, 14'; dedicated to Hava Armon

  • Two Poems (2001) Migration, Ricercare, voice & harp, 6', text: Sonia Natra, first performance in France

  • Commentaires Sentimentaux (2002) flute, viola, & harp, first performance in 2002 (France);

  • Trio in One Movement nr. 3 (2006) 2 French horns & harp, 10', first performance in 2006 (Bern)

  • Variations (2007) harpsichord, 13'

  • Pages from a Composer's Diary (2008) for orchestra, 15', first performance in 2009

  • Ancient Walls (2008) for French horn and harp, 10'

  • Prelude and commentary for Nehemiah symphony (2010), 22', first performance in 2010

  • Cantosonata for Harp solo (2011), solo harp, 7', first performance in 2012 (Taipei, Taiwan); dedicated to Isabelle Perrin and Natra Gabi

  • Sonata for Clarinet (B) and Piano (2011), dedicated to Hava and Ernest Armon

  • Konzertstuck for two Pianos and Orchestra (2012), first performance in 2015

  • Divertimento in Ancient Style for piano in four hands (2012), 12', first performance in 2016 (USA)

  • Esquisses for flute and piano (2013), 11', first performance in 2016

  • A Dialog with Gabi for piano (2015), 15'

  • Symphony in Red, Blue, Yellow and Green (2016), 41', first performance in 2016  

  • Music for Piano, Flute, Clarinet, 2 Violas, Cello and Double Bass (2016), 20'

  • Future in the Past for two violins, viola, violoncello and piano (2017), 13' 

  • Spacetime for string quintet (2017), 20'

  • Espaces Sonores for Harp, Flute and String Orchestra (2017), 18'

  • Four Poems for Baritone & Orchestra, English version (in work)

  • Concert Piece for Two Pianos and Orchestra (in work), 15'

  • Memories for orchestra (in work), 20'

Recordings of few of the above works are found at: MUSIC SELECTION

















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