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Re: creepy: Hatikvah


The same source (Macy Nulman's Concise Encyclopedia of Jewish Music)
actually begins its entry for "Hatikvah", "Hymn (lit. "The Hope")
adopted by the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, in 1897
at the suggestion of the Zionist leader David Wolffsohn (185601914)
and formally declared the Zionist anthem in 1933 at the Zionist
Congress in Prague.  It was the unofficial anthem of Palestine for
more than fifty years..."

Surely Hatikvah's dramatic role as a rallying cry/anthem in the camps
catapulted it into greater prominence.  But do you still want to give
Hitler "credit" for the anthem?  Perhaps you mean that Hitler was
instrumental in the adoption of "Hatikvah" as Israel's "national"

I am not clear as to when the tune used today was introduced as a
setting for the text, but Nulman says that "the earliest printed
version of the melody of "Hatikvah" appeared in 1895."

I recall hearing a different tune used by the Zamir Chorale of Boston
and Josh Jacobson gave some of this history which is what prompted me
to look it up.  I don't believe that that version has been recorded,
although it may have been (and I might even have it on my shelves).


-----Original Message-----
From: Klezcorner (at) aol(dot)com <Klezcorner (at) aol(dot)com>
To: World music from a Jewish slant <jewish-music (at) shamash(dot)org>
Date: Tuesday, December 28, 1999 9:15 PM
Subject: Re: creepy: Hatikvah

>In a message dated 12/28/99 5:35:02 PM, wiener (at) mindspring(dot)com writes:
><< The nine-stanza poem,
>originally called 'Tikvatenu' (Our Hope), [and] was written in 1878
>the itinerant Hebrew poet Naphtali Herz Imber (1856-1909)."   I guess
>that Hitler can't get "credit" for that. >>
>Got You Bob,
> I knew you'd be watching, so I specifically said "Hatikvah the
Anthem" (of
>Israel) not the poem. Unfortunately, Hitler does get credit, the
>"guilt" of the Holocaust was a primary mover in creating the Jewish
jewish-music (at) shamash(dot)org ---------------------+

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