(1914 - 1995)
Sacha Argov, born in Russia as Alexander Abramovich, was the son of a pianist and exhibited a talent
for music from an early age.
Upon moving to Eretz Yisrael in 1934, Argov
first worked in a bank and resigned music to an avocation, and only
later was able to pursue it professionally. He wrote lyrics for private
celebrations on kibbutzim and moshavim, and composed for the Palmach and IDF troupes,
where he wrote one of his most famous songs, “Friendship.”
His career as a lyricist expanded to writing songs for many plays and
films, as well as for several popular singing groups. He has also set
many poems to music, including works of Leah
Goldberg and Yehuda Amichai.
Argov's music exhibits Russian, and to a lesser extent,
French influences, yet is dominated by Hebrew rhythms and character.
There is also an emphasis in his songs on harmony. He contributed significantly
to Israeli music over many decades, writing more than 800 songs. He
has collaborated with other artists, including Chaim Hefer, with whom
he wrote over one hundred songs, and Matti Caspi, two of whose albums
contain lyrics written exclusively by Argov. Argov's work in Israeli
folk music was recognized publicly in 1988 when he received the Israel
Argov died in 1995 at the age of 81.
Sources: Jewish Agency