Sunday, July 22, 2012

The rise of ‘Hava Nagila’

Hold onto your seats -- you never know when you’ll be lifted in them.

"Hava Nagila (The Movie)” premieres at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival on July 19. Writing for The Forward, Renee Ghert-Zand summarizes some of the major developments of the song as outlined in Roberta Grossman’s new film:
The film traces the song from its origins as a wordless Hasidic nigun, a wordless melody, in Sadagora, Ukraine, where the Ruzhiner rebbe, Yisroel Friedman, established his court in 1845. From there it traveled to Palestine early in the 20th century, where Abraham Zvi Idelsohn, the father of Jewish musicology, transcribed it and added lyrics to it in 1915 expressing celebration and brotherhood. 
-- Adam Soclof, JTA Archives Blog

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