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:
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.
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
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the attempted genocide of the Jews in ancient Persia, and the brave young queen who risked her life to change the king's mind and save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theatre production, or a class of Sunday School children!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.