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 Hava Nagila - what key?
Author: m1964 
Date:   2022-09-09 21:49

I was tasked to play Hava Nagila during a wedding...

I have played classical music, never played Klezmer.
I believe there will be a keyboard to accompany.

What key should I play in? The A-minor (concert G-minor)?

Someone who played weddings said, "It's usually played in E-minor".
Playing in E-minor involves sliding from long D# to C, which I can do but would prefer not to.

So, what are my options?


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 Re: Hava Nagila - what key?
Author: davidjsc 
Date:   2022-09-17 02:03

The couple of written variants I have come across and played I think are in a variation of D minor, using B-flat and C# - is that minor harmonic? - not so much a key but a mode, the Phrygian mode I think.


~~ Alto Clarinet; Bass Clarinet; B-flat and C Boehm Clarinets; Albert C Clarinet; Oboe ~~

Post Edited (2022-09-17 02:12)

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 Re: Hava Nagila - what key?
Author: allencole 
Date:   2022-09-29 20:45

Careful, Hava Nagilah isn't really in minor. I believe it's called 'Freygish'

The first two sections of the song will sound major, but will have flatted 2nd's, 6th's and 7th's. The third section will be more like straight minor with the key center a 4th above the key center of the original sections.

My group generally does it in a Concert D freygish, with the third section in Concert G minor. On my written part, it'll look like a C key signature where the root note is E, and the only sharp note is G. Third section is written Am, and one G# as the next-to-last note.

If you email me, I'll send you .pdf leadsheets in both concert & written keys.

Allen Cole

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