Hora, Song, Op. 243 No. 1 (1952)

Note: This song, that begins with the words “Hach baregel mata, mala…” was written two years after Marc Lavry’s popular Hora song Opus 206 No. 3 (Hora nirkoda…)

Hora for voice, choir and orchestra:
A recording from October 19, 1952:
Yaffa Yarkoni, Voice
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Variations: Three arrangements are available for the song:

  • Voice and Piano
  • A Cappella Choir
  • Voice and Orchestra

Lyrics: Reuven Avinoam

Duration: 2:43 minutes

Additional details: email music@marclavry.org

The song was written to lyrics by Reuven Avinoam and became popular at the time.
The lyrics describe the Israeli pioneers as they dance at the end of their workday in the fields. The music is energetic and carrying and invites to join the dancing.

Lavry, who liked the theme of the song, used it in two of his compositions: The last movement, Hora, of Woodwind Quintet, Suite for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn, and the last movement of the Concerto for Two Flutes, Cello and Piano, Op. 262.

Lyrics: Hora by Reuven Avinoam
(Transliteration from Hebrew)
Hach baregel mata, mala,
Ad s’or hadam bikod!
Ol nifrok vechish nekela,
Hora ki netseh lirkod.

Ad koleinu t’hom yavki’a
Vehirnin giv’a vagai,
Vehidlik govhei raki’a
Shir uzeinu shir am chai.

          Rav kocheinu! Shir niftsacha
          La’avoda be’esh vachil!
          Tov lirkod behora kacha,
          Shchurei shir usrufei gil.

          Rav todot’ hashir’ ki tata
          Esh balev vegil yikod!
          Hava! Regel! Mala! Mata!
          Kol od ko’ach yesh lirkod!

Natzom ayin venafshila
Et rosheinu bimchol on,
Et naimina venasmila
Vehahora ki naron.

Yom tamim mal’u kapayim
Prie sadai, tlamim vanir.
Ach ata netu ktefayim
Vetirka ragleinu shir.

          Rav kocheinu! Shir niftsacha…

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