Hatikvah (Okonsar, Mehmet K.)

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Okonsar (2012/12/19)

Language Hebrew (Hebrew alphabet and transliteration)
Publisher. Info. Mehmet Okonsar
Misc. Notes Text by Naphtali Herz Imber beneath score.
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General Information

Work Title Hatikvah
Alternative. Title The Hope (anonymous? (see below) melody, national anthem of the State of Israel)
Composer Okonsar, Mehmet K.
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. None [force assignment]
Key E minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Librettist Naphtali Herz Imber (1856–1909)
Language Hebrew
Average DurationAvg. Duration 3 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation piano (or voice(s), piano)
Related Works Vltava, JB 1:112/2, by Bedřich Smetana
External Links Wikipedia article on Hatikvah

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  • This is my personal transcription of the Public Domain melody known as "Hatikvah" (The Hope).
Melody may be anonymous, but see Related Works. Or, from Wikipedia: "It is an adaptation of the melody La Mantovana, attributed to the Italian renaissance tenor Giuseppe Cenci (also known as Giuseppino),[3] which, in a borrowed Moldovan form, was also the basis for the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah. The tune also appears in major in an old folk Czech song Kočka leze dírou ("The Cat Crawls Through the Hole"), and Hanns Eisler used it for his "Song of the Moldau"." So I'd say the tune might be attributed to Cenci (d.1616) (who may have borrowed it from something he heard, of course!). Folktunes/older tunes tend to travel and mutate in the way of things. (Kocka leze dirou more likely to be Smetana's direct source than La Mantovana, or at least the source more likely to be recognized by the majority of his audience, at a guess, and similarly mutatis mutandis for similar situations etc.) - Schissel