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Sheet Music: Hava Nagila

TitleHava Nagila
Alternate titlesHavah Nagilah
ComposerTraditional Jewish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG minor
RangeC5–D6
Time signature4/4
Tempo144 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-05-09
Last updated2009-05-09
CategoriesTraditional/Folk, Wedding music

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Saturday 9 May 2009

Tune of the Day: Hava Nagila

Traditional Hebrew folk song

The title of this well-known Jewish song of celebration means ‛Let us rejoice’.

The peculiar sound of the song comes from the use of the phrygian dominant scale, which is constructed by raising the third of the phrygian mode. Thus, this scale is like a natural minor scale with a minor second and a major third, and that's what makes it unusual, as the interval between the second and third degrees is an augmented second.