Hamisha Asar (arr. Nick Page)

Hamisha Asar (arr. Nick Page)


Composed By: Flory Jagoda

Arranged By: Nick Page

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Voicing: SATB

Keyword Sephardi

Event/Holiday: Tu Bishvat (The holiday of the trees)

Language: Ladino

Difficulty: moderate

Country: Yugoslavia (Sephardic)

Solos: none

Instruments: piano

Lyrics: Flory Jagoda

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

Year Composed/Published: 1993

Timing: 2:30

Tempo: fast

First Line: Hamisha asar

description: Flory Jagoda has made her life's mission the perpetuation of the Sephardic culture of her native Bosnia. The Ladino langauge melds an old Spanish dialect with Hebrew words. The melody uses a Middle Eastern mode similar to Phrygian but with an augmented second between the second and third degrees of the scale, and the music moves in a lively tempo and a rollicking 7/8 meter. The arrangement progresses from unison to two-part and finally four-part homophonic texture. The subject of this song is the celebration of the festival of the trees on the fifteenth day (full moon) of the Jewish month of Sh'vat (usually occuring some time in January).

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