Be'eri Moalem


BSR Contributor Since February 5, 2008

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Stravinsky: 'Awesome example.'

Composing vs. writing; Moalem vs. Coren (contd.)

A further exchange: The young composer and the older critic

Continuing their debate about composing music and writing about it, Beeri Moalem and Dan Coren find some common ground, and also some flaws in BSR as an appropriate vehicle.

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Articles 4 minute read
J.S. Bach (left) and three sons: Talk about a confusing family!

A composer's response

The young composer's struggle: A reply to Dan Coren

The young and opinionated composer Beeri Moalem responds to assorted nitpicks from BSR's critic Dan Coren, as well as to Coren's larger question: What, exactly, is the struggle of a young composer today?

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Articles 6 minute read
Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach: Something old, something new...

So you want to compose serious music?

Beyond 'grandma music': A guide for modern composers

This is an exciting time to be a composer— there are many directions to choose from. Not all of them are ridiculous. Here's one struggling young composer's attempt to make some sense of all the possibilities.

Be'eri Moalem

Articles 8 minute read

"Slumdog Millionaire'

A passport to India

Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire is a marvel of innovative cinematography and storytelling. It feels very realistic, but at the same time, it's also a fairy tale.

Be'eri Moalem

Articles 3 minute read
Now we're part of history too.

Obama's inaugural: I was there

On feeling American for the first time, or: Swept away by one day of national optimism

As an immigrant with dark skin and a strange name, I bonded with Barack Obama years ago. But I never felt truly American until I marched with the throngs on the National Mall at his inauguration.

Be'eri Moalem

Essays 6 minute read
Denk: Master of his own little world.

Diaz, Denk et al at the Perelman

A classical music lover's plea: Can we please try the road less taken?

We all love Brahms, Mozart and Dvorak. Especially for these seasoned musicians, it's much easier to put together a Mozart Piano Quartet that they've all played before than to learn a contemporary piece. But seriously, there are other composers out there.

Be'eri Moalem

Articles 5 minute read
Breakfast in a bomb shelter, Nahariya, 2007: A communal slumber party, courtesy of Hezbollah.

In the bomb shelter: The brighter side of war

In the bomb shelter: The positive by-products of war

From an adult perspective, all those rockets fired into Israel seem very scary. But to a six-year old child who didn't understand anything, war was not only exciting news, it was great fun. My brother and I would cheer when sirens blew as my parents scrambled for the gas masks. We also spent more happy time with our parents and neighbors than we'd ever spent before.

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Essays 6 minute read

South America's 'Gringo Trail'

What compels the sons and daughters of wealthy nations (like me) to cram a few pieces of clothing into a backpack and spend months exploring Third-World South America? Mostly we travel to temporarily escape the materialism of our homelands.

Be'eri Moalem

Essays 9 minute read

West Philly rediscovered

On the surface, West Philadelphia is a poster child for poverty and crime. But beneath the surface I found a neighborhood that was once designed with aesthetics in mind. I also found, to my astonishment, two of my most distinguished cultural heroes.

Be'eri Moalem

Essays 6 minute read
930 Pyramids

Desert Odyssey, 2008 style

I was feeling sick and miserable on a bus in the middle of the sun-baked Sahara, wishing I were anywhere but there. Then I plugged in my ear buds, and heard the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. I was healed.

Be'eri Moalem

Essays 8 minute read
928 Mozartjungle

Drugs, sex and 'Mozart in the Jungle'

Blair Tindall is bitter about the classical music industry in general and her own music career in particular. As a free-lance musician myself, I disagree. All one needs for a fulfilling career is some initiative and a real love of music.

Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs and Classical Music. By Blair Tindall. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005.

Be'eri Moalem

Articles 5 minute read
890 bugsbunny

The case for live classical music

Why attend a live classical concert when you can listen to music on your iPod, car radio or home sound system? There are many reasons— and as even I (an orchestral musician) must admit, many of them actually favor the iPod. On the other hand…

Be'eri Moalem

Articles 6 minute read
881 Gheorghiu Angela

The Met invades the movie house

After experiencing the New York Metropolitan Opera's "Live in HD" for the first time, I am torn. It’s not the real thing— not even close. On the other hand, there are no bad seats.

Be'eri Moalem

Articles 3 minute read

Philadelphia Flower Show

The mobs, themes and commercial promotions at the Philadelphia Flower Show were anything but relaxing. The flower arrangements themselves were anything but relaxing, too.

Philadelphia Flower Show. March 1-8, 2008 at Pennsylvania Convention Center, 13th and Arch Sts. (215) 988-8800 or

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Essays 3 minute read

City Hall reconsidered

The Gilded Age died almost before its greatest extravagance was completed in 1901. Philadelphia’s City Hall has embarrassed Philadelphians ever since. Has the time come, finally, to appreciate it?

City Hall. Tours of the tower run every 15 minutes between 9:30 a.m and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. (215) 686-2840 or click here.

Be'eri Moalem

Essays 7 minute read