Hora, Song, Op. 206 No. 3 (1950)

Note: This song, that begins with the words “Hora nirkoda…” is the first Hora that Lavry wrote. Two years later he wrote another Hora song Opus 243 No. 1 that begins with “Hach baregel mata, mala…

Rinat Choir live in France, 1965
Gary Bertini, Conductor

Hora for soprano and instrumental accompaniment: an arrangement Marc Lavry made especially for singer Hanna Aharoni who has a unique range of four octaves.
Hanna Aharoni, Soprano
Dov Navon, Conductor
Instrumental Ensemble

Variations: Three arrangements are available for the song:

  • A Cappella Choir
  • Choir and Orchestra
  • Soprano and Instrumental Accompaniment

Duration: 1:24 minutes

Additional details: email music@marclavry.org

The song’s lyrics consist of two words only – “Hora Nirkoda” – which literally means “let’s dance the Hora”. Listening to the song one can clearly feel the Hora dance in the rhythm of the composition.
The song, which became very popular as soon as it debuted, was choreographed into a folk dance and is still frequently danced in Israel in celebrations such as weddings and folk dance events.



Salute Concert to Marc Lavry
June 17, 2012 8:30PM concert at the Enav Center in Tel-Aviv
Hora for Soprano and Piano performed by:
Soprano Claire Meghnagi
Pianist Irena Friedland

2 Responses to Hora, Song, Op. 206 No. 3 (1950)
  1. Valerie Bullock
    August 3, 2012 | 6:50 am

    I would like to purchase 33 copies of Hora Song, Op. 206, No. 3 for a cappella choir. Who would I contact?

    • Orie
      August 3, 2012 | 6:58 am

      Dear Valeri,

      The publisher of Hora for A Cappella Choir is Mifalei Tarbut by Modan Publishing House. You can email them directly at alon@modan.co.il.


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