Yizkor (In Memoriam) (1995) by Yinam Leef
for flute

Yizkor for flute alone was written in December, 1995, following the murder of Yizhak Rabin, and is dedicated to his memory. The piece began as if writing itself, after the disastrous murder. The paralyzing shock, the feeling of helplessness and the initial wave of emotions started to change into a kind of sustained sadness that refused to disappear.

Slowly, the preoccupation with the melodic line, through the voice of the single instrument, so exposed and vulnerable, turned into a desire to attempt to articulate the essence of pain.

— Y. L.    

[from program for November 12, 2001 concert]