Matti Caspi - The Magic and the Riddle
By musicologist Dr. Zippi Fleischer
Published by “Hakibbutz Hameuchad”, 2013
An interpretation of Matti Caspi’s unique harmonic and rich world based on a deep analysis of forty of his songs, while discussing the layers of his life and the things that influenced him.
Dr. Zippi Fleischer:
“Lucky for us, we got to know Matti next to us, in our time. Unlike other music geniuses like Bach and Gershwin, also harmonic artists, we had the opportunity to follow Matti Caspi’s creations in real time. Actually, there is a little of Bach and Gershwin in Matti’s music, and many more. Matti is also one of Israeli music’s heroes, especially during the years 1970-1990.
The idea of writing this book came in 1994, but I started discussing the musical material in his songs with my students already in the 70’s. I’ve always liked to deal with every note, every chord, every harmonic movement.
In the beginning of the process I read the melody with the harmonies as Matti had written them in his books. This was the starting point - and then I listened to the recordings and completed the chords with full music notes for the piano. The result, as you will see in the songs album that opens from the left side of the book, are songs written as carols, but the soprano line - the melody - appears separately, and with harmonic levels under the accompaniment. When needed, the rhythmic patterns appear too.
This book is a summary of the full three-volume book, which elaborates further the analysis of the forty songs and the deep discussion in Matti Caspi’s rich harmonic language. The full book is in the libraries of many universities in the nation. To whoever ‘had a peek and go offended’ and is interested in reading the full book, I recommend reading the introduction there”.
From the press:
“The best book written about Israeli music. Fleischer’s virtuoso analysis touches the beauty in Caspi’s music. Just amazing”! [Hanoch Ron, Yediot Aharonot]