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Halil (1981)

Bernstein dedicated Halil "to the spirit of Yadin [Tenenbaum] and his fallen brothers.” Tanenbaum was an Israeli flute student killed in his tank close to the Suez Canal during the 1973 war. The title "Halil" is the Hebrew word for flute. Halil was premiered 40 years ago on May 27, 1981, by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal and conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

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Thus Spake Leonard Bernstein:

"Humor, in or out of music, can be strong and important … It can make you even have deep emotions, but it’s still humor; because it makes you feel good inside. And that’s what music is for."

Leonard Bernstein
Young People's Concert "Humor in Music"

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