Paul Ben-Haim (July 1897 – 14 January 1984) is a German-born Jewish composer who immigrated to Palestine in October 1933, and then becoming an Israeli citizen upon that nation’s independence in 1948. He championed a specifically Jewish national music, his own compositions are in a late Romantic vein with Middle Eastern overtones, somewhat similar to Ernest Bloch. The oratorio Joram was one of his last works. He completed the work in 1933 in his native city of Munich. In April 2012, nearly eighty years after its composition, it received its Israeli premiere at Tel Aviv University’s Smolarz Auditorium. This world premiere recording from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Hayko Siemens honors one of the founders and greatest composers of Israeli music.