Recently, the National Library hosted a musical event entitled "You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride" in cooperation with the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
The program featured works composed by:
Zwi Avni, Paul Ben Chayim, Menachem Wiesenberg, Oded Zehavi, Mark Lavry,
Aharon Harlap, Ella Milch-Sheriff and others.
We bring you a rare and unique recording of one of the works performed at the event, "Schora Ani V'Nava" (I Am Black and Comely). This is a 1956 recording of a performance by soprano Netanya Dovrat. The song is from the Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs) oratorio by composer Mark Lavry and writer Max Brod. The Oratorio consists of four vignettes: "At the Village", "The Abduction", "In the Palace of King Solomon" and "The Ballad of Shulamith". Written for soloists, choir and orchestra, the oratorio is considered one of the most important choral works in the Israeli musical canon.