Jerusalem Symphony pays tribute to Shira Banki

Author: Maxim Reider
Source: Jerusalem Post
Published: September 1, 2016

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra premieres Daniel Markovich’s ‘Holes in Time’ as part of its opening season concert.


The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra opens its 2016/2017 concert season with the world première of Holes in Time by 27-yearold Israeli composer Daniel Markovich. It was written in memory of Shira Banki, the 16-year-old girl murdered by a religious fanatic at the 2015 Jerusalem Pride Parade.

“The piece was commissioned by the orchestra. Less than a year ago, the JSO composer-in-residence Aviya Kopelman approached me, saying that they had heard my music and liked it and wanted me to compose a piece for the orchestra. I had mixed feelings of happiness and sadness because just a few months had passed since Shira’s murder,” says Markovich. “This is an eight and a half-minute orchestral piece, with the noticeable presence of a harp in the score. I tried to make the piece as melodic as possible. Melody is what I miss a lot nowadays, both for my ear and composing. There is a melody in the piece that really leads the music.”

“First of all, melodic does not necessarily mean something nice and sweet. For me, it is a tool to advance the story, to present what is important for me and something to identify with. Second, although it was a violent act, the image of Shira really haunted me during the entire process of composing the piece. I tried to liberate myself from it but failed. It was like an inner voice that constantly sounded in my head,” he says.

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