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.

Naama Neuman is distinguished chamber music and orchestra player based in Montreal. She played first flute for the Komische Oper Berlin and The Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, second flute for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and more. Dedicated to the performance of contemporary music, Naama was a member of the Israel Contemporary Players, where she performed numerous premieres of new pieces that were written and dedicated to her and the ensemble. She has played recitals all over the world from Israel to Germany, Canada and Korea where she also gave Master Classes. Recently, Naama won the Concerto Competition at the of the McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.

About the composer of Desolation or מִדְבָּרִית: Dr. Avraham Eilam-Amzallag was born in Morocco in 1941 and came to Israel as a child. His musical education started with the flute and continued with composition, although playing the flute has always remained a great passion of his. This piece is written in Eilam-Amzallag ‘s unique musical style which combines Oriental Jewish music with contemporary techniques.