Arrangement of Ha-Tikvah ("The Hope"), by Kurt Weill (1900-1950) from the Music Collection (MUS 30) Manuscript 19 November 1947.
The arrangement was commissioned by the American Committee for the Weizmmann Institute of Sceince, and performed at the :Tribute to Dr. Chaim Weizmann", New York, The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, on November 25th 1947, by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Serge Koussevitzky. The date is four days before the United Nations vote on the establishment of the State, of which Chaim Weiznmann (1874-1952) became the first president. Weill's orchestration-interpretation was not performed again in public – recently it was recorded. It is a somber and even tragic mood, and hence not suitable for regular official use. The currently used orchestrations are those made by Italian conductor Bernadino Molinari and by Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim.