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The Steadfast Clock

The Steadfast Clock

​As Daylight Savings Time goes into effect, we present one of the "clock songs" that has survived the test of time: "The Steadfast Clock", composed by Levin Kipnis and Moshe Wilensky.

​Wilensky's songs for children (he himself had no children) have become an inseparable part of the landscape of Israeli children's music. The song "The Steadfast Clock" was written in 1939 for the play, "The Teddy Bear and the Robber Wolf" and was published in 1940 (another song that Wilensky wrote for the play was "Lullaby/Sleep, Son" to words by Nathan Alterman.) The scans below include a sketch for the song in Wilensky's handwriting from 1939, as well as a version adapted for the piano from 1940.

An interesting detail is the writing that appears on the very top of the first page of the sheet music "Esther C Dmri A" This marks the matching of the musical range to the voice of the potential singers: Esther Gamlielit in C Major and Esther Damari in the slightly lower A Major.
 
The Wilensky Archive in the Sound and Songs Archives contain additional versions of the song. To complete the picture, two interesting and unique versions of the song are attached. The first is a version from 1956 sung by Shoshana Damari accompanied by a symphony orchestra (start 02:58) and a rare performance by a child from the Children's Choir of the European Camps (evidently from the 40s) accompanied only by a piano.

Those of you who remember the play, "The Teddy Bear and the Robber Wolf", are invited to provide additional items and to tell us why the lyrics of the play were written both by Levin Kipnis and Nathan Alterman.
 
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The songs presented here come from the National Library's extensive collection of songs, prayers and other musical works. The songs are preserved and made available via the website with the assistance of the Legacy Heritage Fund.