Ram Da-Oz

Israeli composer

Israeli composer. Born in Berlin. Immigrated to Palestine in 1934. While serving in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) during the War of Independence, he was wounded and lost his eyesight. Afterward he continued to study music, including piano, oboe, theory and composition, and graduated from the Israel Academy of Music, Tel Aviv (1953). Da-Oz has written Israeli Art Music, employing modern styles and techniques of atonality and free tonality in addition to traditional styles, using some Sephardic melodies for his works. He has also written Israeli folksongs. He plays an important role in the musical life of Haifa, where he still lives today.

Sources: Encyclopedia Judaica, Grove Music Online.

References: Biography in Hebrew: Cohen, Yehuda. Neimej smiroth Israel [The Heirs of the Psalmist: Israel’s New Music]. Tel-Aviv, 1990.

List of works: Tischler, A. A Descriptive Bibliography of Art Music by Israeli Composers. Warren. MI, 1988.