The Israel Film Service Collection

Blue and White Notes - Yehezkel Braun

43 Minutes, 2012
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Directed by: Nathan Lifshitz
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Photographer: Nathan Lifshitz
Language: Hebrew
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An episode from a documentary series produced by the Israel Film Service about musicians who won the Israel Prize.
An anecdote presented in this film says a lot about the unique personality of the composer Yehezkel Braun: The musician wanted to buy a carpet and was recommended to Eli Sasoon’s store. When Braun met Sassoon, he discovered that the carpet seller was also an amateur santur player. Despite Sasoon not knowing how to read music notes, Braun was so impressed by his playing that he composed a piece specifically for him and the Inbar Trio. Sasoon and the classical trio have since performed the piece in concerts.
The curiosity and accessibility of the famous composer are revealed throughout the film in interviews with him. It seems that Braun makes every effort to distance himself from the stereotype of seriousness and self-importance that might be associated with classical composers. “When I write music,” he confesses, “I have no intention to express or convey anything, least of all myself. I merely play with sounds – that’s the truth.” Nonetheless, in interviews in the film, musicians who worked with him describe his works as beautiful and complex.
The film, summarizing Braun’s work, features Shula Braun, Miri Sadeh, Marie Claire Herman, Anat Morg, Eitan Ben Or, Noam Dror, Ehud Leibner, Asaf Ofir, Yigal Kasselman, Lior Kratzer, Uri Dror, Nitzan Lester, Veronica Kreimer, Tehila Nini Goldstein, and others.

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