Today’s Daily Inspiration comes from Israeli Flutist Naama Neuman, who will be playing for us tomorrow evening during Shabbat services.
About this piece, Naama writes: I first played this piece twenty years ago, and it remains one of my favourite pieces for solo flute.
Desolation or מִדְבָּרִית, by Dr. Avraham Eilam-Amzallag, is one of the most well-known Israeli pieces for solo flute. Eilam-Amzallag composed it in 1973, in memory of Ze’ev Altbaum who was killed in the Yom Kippur War.
Eilam-Amzallag writes: Ze’ev Altbaum was a dear friend of mine. We were in different locations during the Yom Kippur war. He was fighting in the north on the Syrian plateau, and I fought in Sinai. During the war, I received a phone call with the news that Ze’ev had been killed. It was very difficult for me to digest this news. I always had music paper with me, and with one stroke of my pen I wrote “מדברית” while leaning on bags of sand in the trenches of Sinai.