Odeh-Tamimi, Samir

Stage works
Orchestra works
Ensemble works
Chamber music
Vocal music
Solo works



STAGE WORKS

Leila and Madschnun • [2010]
Music after the theatrical storyline by Willy Decker
for Countertenor, actors, chamber choir and large ensemble 
Text: Albert Ostermaier (inspired by Nizami)
Ct. act.
Choir SATB (4. 4. 4. 4.) / Rec. Fl. Ob. Cl. Bn. / Hn. 2 Tr. Tbn. Tb. / 2 Perc. Acc. Pno. / 2 Vl. Vla. 2 Vc. D.B.
World Premiere: 20.8.2010, Bochum
Duration: 120’
Sy. 4071 // Score / Vx.



ORCHESTRA WORKS

L'Apocalypse Arabe I [2015/16]
Text: Etel Adnan
4S, 4A, 4T, 4Ba
2.2.0.1 – cem.theorbe – strings
World Premiere: 10.03.2016, Brussels
Duration: 9'
Sy. 4465
 
Rituale • [2008]
for orchestra
4 (Picc). 4 (Eng.Hn). 4 (2 BCl.) 2. 2 D.Bn. / 4. 4. 4. 1 (D.Btb). / 3 Perc. / 14. 12. 10. 8. 6.
World Premiere: 6.2.2009, Munich
Duration: 18’
Sy. 3764 // Score / Vx.

Aufbruch • [2008]
for string orchestra
4. 4. 4. 3. 2.
World Premiere: 13.3.2008, Munich
Duration: 11’
Sy. 3800 // *Score / Vx.

shira shir • [2006] • Work description
for baritone and orchestra
Text: Jizchak Katzenelson
Bar.
3. 3. 3. 1. D.Bn. / 4. 3. 3. 1. / 2 Perc (Tomtom, B.Dr., chines. Crash Cymbals; Thunder Machine; Tchanchiki). / 16. 14. 12. 10. 8.
World Premiere: 27.1.2007, Berlin
Duration: 7’
Sy. 3739 // *Score / Vx.

Láma poím... • [2005/2006]
for orchestra and Ud
Ud
2. 1. Eng.Hn. 2. BCl. 2. / 3. 3. 3. 0. / 1 Perc. / 8. 8. 8. 6. 4.
Other string instrumentation (6. 6. 2. 10. 2.) on request.
World Premiere : 27.7.2006, Stuttgart
Duration: 11’
Sy. 3712 // *Score / Vx.

Gdadrója • [2004/2005] • Work description
for three sopranos and 43 musicians 
3 S.
2 (2 Picc.). 2 (BCl). 2. 1. D.Bn. / 2 (in F). 2 (in C). 2 Tbn. 1. / Pno. 2 Perc. / 8. 6. 5. 4. 2.
World Premiere: 15.10.2005, Donaueschingen
Duration: 9’
Sy. 3664 // *Score / Vx.

Bukká • [2003]
for string orchestra 
5. 5. 4. 3. 1.
World Premiere: 12.8.2003, Berlin
Duration: 7’
Sy. 3656 // *Score / Vx.



ENSEMBLE WORKS (6 instruments and more)

Palmyra • [2016]
2S. Ms. A. 2T. Bar. B.
Cl(Bcl.). Trb. Perc. Pf. Vc. Db.
World premiere: 29.10.2016, Heidelberg
Duration: 13’
Sy. 4505

Alif • [2014]
Fl. Cl. Bsax. Trb. Perc. Tpt. Hp. Vl. Vla. Vc. Db.
Wolrd premiere: 18.03.2016, Berlin
Duration: 16’
Sy. 4458 // score

Headlands • [2013]
for soprano and five instrumentalists
S.
Cl. Tbn. Perc. Vc. Pno. Vx.
World Premiere : 24.11.2013, Berlin
Sy. 4343 // Score

Garten der Erkenntnis • [2010/11] • Work description
for six voices and two trombones 
Text: Mansur al-Halladsch (857-922)
2 S. Ms. T. Bar. B. (m. Cl. Perc). / 2 Tbn.
World Premiere : 13.2.2011, Stuttgart
Duration: 11’
Sy. 4138 // Score / Vx.

Hinter der Mauer • [2009/10]
for four solos, chamber choir and chamber ensemble
Text: Christian Lehnert
S. T. 2 Bar.
Choir SATB (11. 8. 8. 8.) / Fl. Cl (BCl. D.BCl). Bn (D.Bn). / 2. 2. 2. 0. / Pno. 3 Perc. / 2 Vla. 2 D.B.
World Premiere : 1.10.2010, Berlin
Duration: 64’
Sy. 3914 // *Score / Vx.

Philaki
• [2009] • Work description
for seven instrumentalists
Fl (Picc). Cl (BCl). Hp. 2 Vl. Vla. Vc.
World Premiere : 20.1.2010, Berlin
Duration: 13’
Sy. 4040 // *Score / Vx.

Madjnun • [2009]
for recorder and string orchestra 
Ganassi Tblfl (Bblfl in F).
6. 5. 4. 4. 2.
World Premiere: 19.11.2009, Munich
Duration: 15’
Sy. 3936 // *Score / Vx.

Cihangir • [2008]
for chamber ensemble
1. 1 (Eng.Hn). 2. 1 (D.Bn). / 1. 2. 1. 0. / 2 Perc. / 1. 1. 1. 2. 1.
World Premiere: 11.10.2008, Frankfurt
Duration: 12’
Sy. 3920 // *Score / Vx.

Madih • [2007]  
for four Arabic musicians and chamber ensemble 
Ney. Ud. Qanun. Djoza. / Ob. Cl. Bn (D.Bn). Tbn. Hn. Perc. Vl. Vla. Vc. D.B.
World Premiere : 27.9.2007, Berlin
Duration: 11’
blocked for performances 
Sy. 3762 // *Score / Vx.

Námi • [2004]
for soprano and five instrumentalists
S.
rec. 3 Vla. Cem.
World Premiere : 6.10.2004, Munich
Duration: 6’
Sy. 3661 // *Score / Vx.

Hálatt-Hissár • [2003-2004]
for one speaker and 31 instrumentalists
Text: Mahmoud Darwish
Spea.
3 (Picc). 3. 3 (BCl). 2. D.Bn. / 4. 3. 3 (3 BTbn). 1. / 2 Perc. / 0. 0. 0. 0. 6.
World Premiere: 3.4.2004, Bochum
Duration: 14’
Sy. 3658 // Score / Vx.

Ahinnu II • [2002] • Work description
for seven instrumentalists
Fl (Picc). Ob. Cl (BCl). Perc. Vl. Vla. Vc.
World Premiere: 9.2.2003, Wiesbaden
Duration: 7’
Sy. 3653 // *Score / Vx.

Hutáf Al-Arwáh • [2001]
for eleven instrumentalists
rec. (Afl). Cl (BCl). Hn. Tr. BTbn. Perc. Pno. Vl. Vla. Vc. D.B.
World Premiere: 16.11.2003, Bremen
Duration: 8’
blocked for performances
Sy. 3651 // *Score / Vx.

Anín • [1999] • Work description
for eight instrumentalists
Afl. Cl (BCl). 2 Perc. Vl. Vla. Vc. D.B.
World Premiere: 5.4.2000, Tel Aviv
Duration: 8’
Sy. 3650 // *Score / Vx.



CHAMBER MUSIC

Adád • [2016]
for shawm and accordion
shawm. Acc.
World premiere: 23.01.2016, Berlin
Duration: 8’
Sy. 4467 // score

Ód
 • [2015] 
for clarinet and accordion
cl. acc.
Sy. 4417

Ód
 • [2015]
for oboe d'amore and accordion
ob d'am. acc.
World Premiere: Zepernik, 15.05.2015
Sy. 4418

Paravoli • [2014]
for string quartet
Sy. 4232

Huwa
• [2013]
for baritone and piano trio
Bar. Pno. Vl. Vc.
World Premiere: 8.9.2013, Berlin
Duration: 15’
Sy. 4324 // Score

Ód • [2012]
for shawm and accordion
shawm. Acc.
World Premiere: 2.11.2012, Hainsfart
Duration: 12’
Sy. 3937 // Score

Ámál • [2011]
for two pianos
2 Pno.
World Premiere: 15.2.2012, Hamburg
Duration: 7’
Sy. 4190 // Score

Duo • [2011]
for horn and percussion
Hn. Perc.
World Premiere: Frankfurt am Main
Duration: 5’
Sy. 4231 // Score

Jabsurr • [2009] • Work description
for violoncello and piano
Vc. Pno.
World Premiere: 7.11.2009, Berlin
Duration: 12’
Sy. 4039 // *Score

Challom Kattan • [2008]
for flute solo and big frame drum
Fl (with big frame D.).
World Premiere: 17.5.2008, Bremen
blocked for performances
Duration: 3’
Sy. 3905 // *Score

Li-Sabbrá • [2005]
for recorder and percussion 
Rec. Perc.
World Premiere: 9.6.2005, Nürnberg
Duration: 6’
Sy. 3663 // *Score

Shattíla • [2004/2005]
for clarinet, Violin, violoncello and piano
Cl. Vl. Vc. Pno.
World Premiere: 29.5.2005, Paris
Duration: 6’
Sy. 3662 // *Score/ *Vx.

Li-Umm-Kámel • [2004]    
for flute, piano and percussion
Fl (Picc). Pno. Perc.
World Premiere: 15.5.2004, Basel
Duration: 8’
Sy. 3659 // *Score

Ratháa • [2004]
for double bass and accordion (with percussion)
D.B. Acc (with Perc).
World Premiere: 22.5.2004, Saarbrücken
Duration: 7’
Sy. 3660 // *Score

Ja Nári • [2003]
for trumpet, horn, bass trombone and percussion 
Tr. Hn. BTbn. Perc.
World Premiere: 28.6.2003, Freiburg
Duration: 6’
Sy. 3654 // *Score/ *Vx.

Ahinnu • [2001] • Work description
for three amplified recorders (with percussion)
3 Rec. (with Perc). (el. amp.)
World Premiere: 3.8.2001, Oldenburg
Duration: 4’
Sy. 3652 // *Score



VOCAL MUSIC

Ramádi • [2016]
for Choir and 2 drummers
Great mixed Choir. 2 Perc.
World premiere: 28.10.2016, Essen
Duration: 10’
Sy. 4485

Mansur (Al-Hallāğ) [2014]
for Choir, 4 Brass players and 2 drummers
With words from and meditation about the Sufi-Mystic Mansur al-Hallag
Great Choir 2 Perc. 2 Hn. 2 Pos.
World Premiere: 26.07.2014, Salzburg 
Duration: 18'
Sy. 4392
 
Jarich • [2013/14]
for three women’s voices and electronic
(also part of the project: Mediterranean Voices)
3 Vx. tape
World Premiere: 9.2.2014, Stuttgart
Duration: 10’
Sy. 4327 // Score

O Leute, rettet mich vor Gott • [2012]
for five vocalists 
Text: Mansur al-Halladsch (857-922)
S. Ms. T. Bar. B.
World Premiere: 9.9.2012, Stuttgart
Duration: 12’
Sy. 3763 // Score

Drei Lieder für ‚Escalier du Chant‘ von Olaf Nicolai • [2011]
for bass (with percussion), soprano, mezzo-soprano and countertenor
1. Ka anna ha; 2. Spiegel der Erde; 3. Léxis
Text: 1. Mansur al-Halladsch (857-922), 2. Adonis, German translation: Stefan Weidner (Spiegel der Erde), 3. Adonis, German translation: Stefan Weidner (Die Farbe des Wassers)
S. Ms. Ct. B (with Daiko-Tr).
World Premiere: 29.5.2011, Munich
Duration: 12’
Sy. 4197 // Score

Madjnun II • [2009/10] • Work description
for recorder and men’s choir 
Ganassi Tblfl (Rec. in F).
Choir TBarB (6. 6. 6. with Perc).
World Premiere: 25.4.2010, Cologne
Duration: 15’
Sy. 4047 // Choir-P. / Vx.

Challomot [Träume] • [2007/2008]
for voice, recorder, trombone, piano and percussion 
Text: Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger
T. Rec. Tbn. Pno. Perc.
World Premiere: 5.4.2008, Cologne
Duration: 27’
blocked for performances
Sy. 3713 // *Score

Rojagdád • [2005]
for three sopranos, alto and countertenor
3 S. A. Ct. (with Perc.)
World Premiere: 10.9.2006, Amsterdam
Duration: 4’
Sy. 3714 // *Score



SOLO WORKS

Solo for Violine • [2016]
Vl.
World premiere: 18.03.2016, Berlin
Duration: 7’
Sy. 4473 // score

Solo for Viola • [2016]
Vla.
World premiere: 18.03.2016, Berlin
Duration: 7’
Sy. 4474 // score

Choiris Onoma • [2012]
for organ
Org.
World Premiere: 7.10.2012, Cologne
Duration: 14’
Sy. 4252 // Score

Solo for Oboe • [2011]
Ob.
World Premiere: 24.11.2012, Tosterglope
Duration: 5’
Sy. 4189 // Score

Uffukk • [2010]
for violoncello solo
Vc.
World Premiere: 12.3.2010, Wismar
Duration: 9’
Sy. 4079 // Score

Skiá • [2008]
for Piano
Pno.
World Premiere: 9.9.2008, New York
Duration: 10’
Sy. 3943 // *Score

Eine Erinnerung for das Vergessen • [2006]
for Piano
Pno (with Bamboochimes, China-cymbals).
World Premiere: 5.11.2006, Kassel
Duration: 5’
Sy. 3760 // *Score

Tslalím • [2006]
for Accordion
Acc.
World Premiere: 16.2.2007, Munich
Duration: 10’
Sy. 3755 // *Score

Tamáni  • [2003/08]
for violoncello
Vc.
World Premiere: 13.11.2003, Palermo
Duration: 12’
blocked for performances 
Sy. 3657 // *Score

Zikkrá • [2003]
for percussion solo
Perc.
World Premiere: 12.11.2003, Strasbourg
Duration: 6’
Sy. 3655 // *Score

Portrait

(Jan 5, 1970 - Jaljuliya, near Tel Aviv / Israel)

For many years, this Berlin-based Palestinian-Israeli composer played traditional Arabian music with various notable ensembles. 1992-96 he studied musicology at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, and after that studied composition with Younghi Pagh-Paan and music analysis with Günther Steinke at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. Invitation for the festival of pgnm bremen, with two world premieres. 2004 invitation to Israel for a concert of the Israelian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Noam Sheriff.

Since then Odeh-Tamimi collaborated with numerous ensembles. A first CD wholly dedicated to his works will be issued by Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council) on the label Wergo in 2011. In 2008 several of his works were performed during the festival Klangspuren Schwaz (Austria). On 6 February 2009 his orchestral work Rituale was world premiered in Munich by Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Arturo Tamayo. On 20 August 2010 Leila and Madschnun and on 1 October 2010 Hinter der Mauer were world premiered in Germany. He lives as a freelance composer in Berlin.

Awards and scholarships:
1999-2000 scholarship from the Arab Student Aid International Foundation
2002 DAAD Scholarship for studies at the Academy for Arts, Bremen
2006/07 scholarship from the German Academy Casa Baldi, Rome
2008 scholarship from Berlin Senate for a six-month-stay in Paris

In 2008 he was invited for a one-month-stay in Istanbul in connection with the "into-project" of Siemens Arts Program and Ensemble Modern. The resulting composition Cihangir was world premiered in Frankfurt in October 2008 and since then is on tour with Ensemble Modern. In 2003 he was awarded the First Prize at the Composition Competition of the Elisabeth-Schneider-Stiftung.

In 2012 Odeh-Tamimi will be the ‘composer in residence’ at the Kölner Kunststation Sankt Peter (Cologne St. Peter Art Centre). He has been commissioned by the Deutschland Funk to write an experimental organ work for St. Peter’s Jesuit Church in Cologne. The work can be seem at the beginning of October in 2012, when organist Dominic Sustek will premiere the new piece at the ‘Orgel Mixturen’ at the International Festival for Contemporary Organ Music in Cologne.



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