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Hava nagila

COVERED BY ELVIS

Hava Nagila

recording date elvis: wednesday 15 july ( 1970 ) ; concert
first release:

originally by: Abraham Zevi Idelsohn


recording year: 1922
originally written by: moshe nathanson
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label: polyphon record company

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Based on a traditional tune, perhaps originating in the Ukraine. The tune itself is in the public domain, so anyone can publish, arrange and play about with it, though an exact reproduction of the originally published lead sheet (1932) would be an infringement of so-called mechanical rights. But wait, a lead sheet dated 1932, but the original recording in 1915—how can this be? Well, the history of "Hava Nagila" is a mystery—note the question-mark next to the writer's name! It seems that one of two people, or perhaps both of them, were responsible for the song we today know as "Hava Nagila." It was first recorded in 1922: this recording was made by Abraham Zevi Idelsohn, known as the father of Jewish Musicology, who recorded the number as played and sung"by a group by the name of Sadigura Hasidim. The recording was made for the Polyphon Record company, based in Berlin. Idelsohn claimed to have composed the number himself. However, after Idelsohn's death, Moshe Nathanson, one of Idelsohn's students claimed authorship.
Follow the "Biography of Abraham Zvi Idelsohn" to read a lot more about Idelsohn and "Hava Nagila" and also to hear the original recording.



Hava nagila

performed by:
Abraham Zevi Idelsohn

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Hava Nagila
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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