Folk Sheet Music
Hava Nagilah

Folk sheet music Hava Nagilah is a beautiful minor-sounding Hebrew song.

This free arrangement for early intermediate piano students is charged with energy, partly because of the fast left-hand split chords, but mainly because the song is inherently full of musical tension. 

Not actually in a minor key, but with an alluring tonality due to the lowered second plus the raised third, Hava Nagila has an irresistable tune and Hebrew words.

Listen to this audio from Youtube: This is SO EXCITING! Even without moving video... the men's voices are very stirring! 


Here are the two pages of Hava Nagila: 

Hava Nagilah sheet music

Hebrew song for piano

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

This folk sheet music arrangement is for early intermediate piano students, who are comfortable with:

  • coordinating fast-moving chord patterns in the left hand, 
  • a bit of syncopated rhythm in the right hand, 
  • crossing under and over, 
  • and picking up the hands and moving them to a new place on the piano.

These elements happen separately early on in piano method books, but not usually together until (in FJH's Piano Adventures series, at any rate) late level 2B or early 3A.

Therefore, gauge the enthusiasm of your student for this song carefully before pressing it on them! With all that said, this is likely to be a very popular piece, especially with young boys who like to play fast and loud.

The 3-2-1 finger substitution that begins in measure 25 is fun to do and a good introduction to this skill, which helps control the speed of the notes.

But ignore the fingering, if your student fights it. Attitude is everything - make it a challenge, not a chore!

Here is a very polished rendition of Hava Nagilah, quite traditional: 



The translation of Hava Nagila:

Hava nagila ve-nismecḥa = Let us rejoice and be happy

Hava neranenah ve-nismecḥa = Let us sing and be happy

Uru, uru acḥim! = Awake, awake, brothers!

Uru acḥim be-lev sameacḥ = Awake brothers with a happy heart

Be-lev sameacḥ = With a happy heart

For information on who wrote Hava Nagilah as it is known in its present form, check out this page at RadioHazak.com.

And one more video, a live performance of showy orchestra players and violinist Andre Rieu: 


I know your students will enjoy this lively free piano sheet music! 





The link to the piano music:


Download folk sheet music Hava Nagila 








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