「黄金のエルサレム」 : ナオミ・シェメルの代表作に登場するユダヤ古典解説 "Jerusalem of Gold" A commentary on phrases from Jewish traditional literature quoted in Naomi Shemer's masterpiece
The music of Naomi Shemer (1930-2004), one of the Israel's most prolific songwriters, has a deep relationship with the history of modern Israel: her songs have been called 'the diary of Israel'. She started her career as a composer and a songwriter in the period when Israel was granted independence. Through her music she played the role of a "spokesman" for Israeli people in every moment of the history of modern Israel, expressing the joy of the founding of the new nation, the pain of wars with neighboring countries, and prayers for peace. She wrote of the beauty of her homeland, 'the land of Israel', and her songs themselves became a home for the hearts of many Israeli people. Besides traditional songs, children growing up in the new Jewish society did not have any of their own songs, but Shemer satisfied this lack. This work briefly shows the life of Naomi Shemer and the character of her literature and music. It offers a commentary on phrases from Jewish traditional literature quoted in her masterpiece, Jerusalem of Gold, and searches for the reason why the piece acquired the title "the second national hymn of Israel".
大阪産業大学人間環境論集 4, 13-31, 2005-06-30