Baderech (On the Way), Song, Op. 149 (1941)

A Historic recording from September 3, 1952:
Antonia Lavanne, Soprano
Yaacov Shlezinger, Piano

Lyrics: Rachel (Rachel Bluwstein)

Duration: 1:55 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Lavry composed two of Rachel’s poems: Baderech (On the Way) and El Artzi (For my Land.)

Baderech is one of Rachel intimate and sad poems. Lavry’s music is written as a recitative–aria that conveys the poet mood lamenting her misfortune.

It’s interesting to point that the style of this song resembles that of Efrat’s arias in Lavry’s opera Dan Hashomer (Dan The Guard) that was written at the same period of time.

Baderech / Rachel
(transliterated from Hebrew to English)

Veshuv merchav sadot, veru’ach dror
Vegil —
Ulai haya kil’ee chalom aroch, shachor
Ken, rak chalom mavhil?

Vetanchumei asir chalom af hem!
Ve’az —
Hayad asher yad’a lanud ulenachem
Yichleh zichra vagaz?

Chayee balev, atzevet leil niz’am,
Od kat!
Pen nasu hatslalim vegareru itam
Gam et ha’or hame’at.

2 Responses to Baderech (On the Way), Song, Op. 149 (1941)
  1. Paula Eisenstein Baker
    December 30, 2018 | 11:51 am

    You write: “Lavry composed two of Rachel’s poems: Baderech (On the Way) and El Artzi (For my Land.)”

    I thought the tune for “El Artzi” was composed by J. Sharet.

    • Efrat Lavry
      December 30, 2018 | 4:22 pm

      Hi Paula,

      There is more than one melody for Rachel’s poem El Artzi (For My Land). Both Marc Lavry and Yehuda Sharet composed their own music to Rachel’s lyrics.
      It is noted that Sharet’s melody is more popular while Lavry’s is considered an art song.

      Thank you,


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