Orit Mesaperet (Orit’s Stories), Cantata for Children, Op. 253 (1954)

A Dec. 14, 1954 recording:
Yaffa Yarkoni, Voice
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Instrumental Ensemble

Orit Mesaperet (Orit’s Stories) Sheet Music Click to englarge

Orit Mesaperet (Orit’s Stories) Sheet Music
Click to englarge

Variations: Three arrangements are available for the composition:

  • Voice and Piano
  • Choir and Orchestra
  • Voice, Choir and Orchestra

Lyrics: Michael Desheh

Duration: 20:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

The cantata for children, Orit Mesaperet (Orit’s Stories), includes 9 of Michael Desheh’s poems he wrote for his daughter Orit. Lavry, whose children were about the same age, related to the situations each poem described. He composed music to 9 of them, some of which are still sung to date by children in Israel.

The songs are:

  • Boker Tov – Good Morning
  • Hamatana – The Gift
  • Hashabbat – Sabbath
  • Hageshem – Rain
  • Orit Hola – Orit is Ill
  • Orit Vehagdi – Orit and the Kid
  • Sod – Secret
  • Orit Mul Hare’ei – Orit in front of the Mirror
  • Shir Eres – Lullaby

Hebrew lyrics are available here.



The Atar Trio, with singer Ye’ela Avital, will be performing the cantata for children Orit Mesaperet in their new program titled “Childhood Scenes”. The program will debut in a concert hosted by the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem on November 28, 2011 at 8 p.m.

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