Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984) is considered one of Israel's foremost composers. His music has been performed by some of the twentieth century's greatest musicians. The author gives a detailed description of selected compositions using the La Rue system of analysis, including 'timelines,' a graphic representation of musical events as they happen. There is also a chapter dealing with performance problems of selected works and their solutions. A biographical sketch traces Ben-Haim's career from his beginnings in Munich, Germany, through his development as a professional musician.
Pianist and performer Hadassah Guttmann (BM, MA, music, Queens College; Ph.D. with honors, music, New York University) is on the faculties of Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY and the Lucy Moses School, New York City. She has been championing the music of Paul Ben-Haim since childhood and once had the privilege of performing for him.