When the Israel Festival Committee asked Stravinsky for a new work, he decided to set the story of Abraham and Isaac to a text in Hebrew, a language with which he was not familiar. The philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who was a friend of the composer, helped Stravinsky to understand the sounds and structure of the text. Work was begun in 1962 and the score, which is dedicated to the people of the State of Israel, was completed on 3 March 1963. The work was premiered on 23 August 1964 in Binyanei Ha'Ooma, Jerusalem, by Ephraim Biran, baritone, and the Israel Festival Orchestra, conducted by Robert Craft (White 1979, 528).

Date of composition 1963 (1962- 3 March 1963) in New York, NY, United States
Premiered 1964, August 23rd in Jerusalem, Israel
Dedicated to Dedicated to the people of the State of Israel
Type Ballade
Approx. duration 12 minutes
Spoken language Hebrew
Instruments Chamber orchestra
Voice (Baritone)
Autotranslations beta Igor Stravinsky: Abraham and Isaac
Igor' Fëdorovič Stravinskij: Abraham and Isaac
Igor Strawinsky: Abraham and Isaac