Sasha Argov

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Alexander "Sasha" Argov
Birth name Alexander Abramovich
Born November 5, 1914
Moscow, Russia
Died September 27, 1995
(81 years old)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Occupation(s) Composer

Alexander "Sasha" Argov (Hebrew: סשה ארגוב‎‎, born Alexander Abramovich; Moscow, November 5, 1914 – Tel Aviv, September 27, 1995) was a prominent Israeli composer.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Early life[edit]

Argov was born in Moscow. He migrated to British Palestine from Russia in 1934 with his parents.[5][7]

Music career[edit]

He started composing at the age of five, began his formal music training one year later, and composed hundreds of popular songs.[7][8][9] Among them were songs for the Israel Defense Forces, film, and theater.[8][10][11][12]

In Palestine, he first worked in a bank.[13] He later wrote lyrics for private celebrations, and composed for the Palmach and IDF troupes, including one of his most famous songs, “Friendship.”[13] He wrote for several popular singing groups, and set many poems to music, including works of Leah Goldberg and Yehuda Amichai.[13]

Argov's music was influenced by Russian and to a smaller extent French music, but was dominated by Hebrew rhythms and harmony.[13] He collaborated with Chaim Hefer and Matti Caspi, two of whose albums feature exclusively lyrics written by Argov.[13]

In 1988, he was awarded the Israel Prize in Hebrew song.[8][13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Amy Horowitz (2010). Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Rebecca L. Torstrick (2004). Culture and customs of Israel. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ David Biale (2006). Cultures of the Jews: Modern encounters. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ Motti Regev, Edwin Seroussi (2004). Popular music and national culture in Israel. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Simon Broughton, Mark Ellingham, Richard Trillo (1999). World music: the rough guide. Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Volume 1. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ David Singer, Ruth R. Seldin (1997). American Jewish year book 1997. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Alexander Argov dies at 81". The Jerusalem Post. September 28, 1995. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Marsha Bryan Edelman (2003). Discovering Jewish music. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ Jane Peppler. The Triangle Jewish Chorale Songbook. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  10. ^ Amy Kronish, Costel Safirman (2003). Israeli film: a reference guide. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ Peter Cowie, Derek Elley (1977). World Filmography: 1967. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  12. ^ Oliver Leaman (2001). Companion encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African film. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Sacha Argov". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site – Recipients in 1988 (in Hebrew)".