In honor of the 7th anniversary of the death of the composer, arranger, and musician Joseph Hadar, we present his famous song "Erev shel Shoshanim" in a few, unique, performances.
Joseph Hadar was born in Tel Aviv, and later moved to Givatayim. He started to play the violin at the age of 8, and six years later he was already putting together musical ensembles. Hadar volunteered for the Jewish guard in the Galilee, and during the War of Independence took part in the battle for Latrun. He was an Officer of Culture and a Song Leader in the 7th Armored Brigade. Additionally, he established and conducted children's choirs, the Men's Choir of Ramat Gan and many others. His song, "Erev shel Shoshanim" (words: Moshe Dor) was widely distributed and performed in Israel and around the world, and has even been inserted into the prayer book. This is documented in the 2003 program: "Erev shel Shoshanim: The composer Joseph Hadar celebrates 55 year of creation", where it says: "His song, 'Erev shel Shoshanim' has become part of the prayers for Shabbat eve and morning, and is used in weddings during bridal processions. Likewise, it has entered the prayer book as Psalm 15 in the Lutheran Church of Northern Europe".
We chose a number of interesting performances from among the many recordings found in the Music Archives.
The first version is well known -that of the Dudaim. The recording found here is taken from a recording of a broadcast dated 1.2.1958.
Eight years later, in 1966, Arik Einstein, accompanied by the musical group, "The Einsteins" recorded the song, arranged by David Krivoshei. Note the sentence that appears in the last stanza, "Forgive me, Dudaim, if I changed a few notes, we're friends…"
The song, "Erev shel Shoshanim" has been translated into various languages and performed by artists all over the world. For instance, the song was performed by the singer, Nana Mouskouri in Greek and Hebrew, and the singer Yafa Yarkoni gave a rare performance of the song in Spanish.
You can find many songs written in the composer's handwriting, as well as arrangements and programs that were donated to the National Library in the Josef Hadar Collection
of the Music Department.
Joseph Hadar died on the second of Elul, 5766, 26.8.2006, at the age of 80.