|Alexander "Sasha" Argov|
|Birth name||Alexander Abramovich|
|Born||November 5, 1914
|Died||September 27, 1995
(81 years old)
Tel Aviv, Israel
He started composing at the age of five, began his formal music training one year later, and composed hundreds of popular songs. Among them were songs for the Israel Defense Forces, film, and theater.
In Palestine, he first worked in a bank. He later wrote lyrics for private celebrations, and composed for the Palmach and IDF troupes, including one of his most famous songs, “Friendship.” He wrote for several popular singing groups, and set many poems to music, including works of Leah Goldberg and Yehuda Amichai.
Argov's music was influenced by Russian and to a smaller extent French music, but was dominated by Hebrew rhythms and harmony. He collaborated with Chaim Hefer and Matti Caspi, two of whose albums feature exclusively lyrics written by Argov.
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