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Conductor Yoav Talmi Is Marching to Glory

In Israel, Yoav Talmi won immortality early on, writing a jauntily high-spirited 1963 band composition selected as “The Tzahal March,” played on all state occasions since. Talmi, who was born in 1943 on the Merhavia kibbutz, went on to an international career as conductor and composer and his as-told-to memoirs, “A Conductor’s Career: From Kibbutz to Quebec” were published by Les éditions Septentrion in May.

Written with the Canadian musicologist Bertrand Guay, “A Conductor’s Career” details musical training received from Talmi’s youngest years, starting with lessons from his father, a native of Sosnowiec, Poland who studied with the composer Paul Ben-Haim in Tel Aviv. Developing from a young Juilliard student with an Elvis-like pompadour to the busy conductor/composer of today was due to fortunate associations, including Talmi’s wife, Er’ella Talmi, herself a noted flutist.

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