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Happy 64th Birthday, Israel

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Home >> Happy 64th Birthday, Israel

Today on May 14th 1948 the state of Israel declared its independence after the civil war in the British Mandatory Palestine. Just one day later, the arab nations and palestinian forces declared war on the jewish state. But this is not a story for this blog. Well, how do I get from this story line back to river cruising? First of all happy birthday Israel and enjoy the music!

The theme of the Hatikva (meaning 'The Hope'), Israels National Anthem may sound familiar. It is based on a 17th century song from Italy, named 'La Mantovana' or 'Ballo di Mantova'. Then it had been used in several popular songs around Europe from Spain to the Ukraine. The most popular version of this melody (before it was used for the Hatikva in the early 1880ies) became Bedřich Smetanas 'The Vltava' from 1874.

As I have escorted guests from Nuremberg to Prague last weekend, all this just came back to my mind, when we entered the magnificent old town of Praha. Two years ago I played Smetanas poem while we were driving through the city and it was really moving. Now here is Smetana for comparsion.

Le chaim!