Price Code SC16 Composer Elie Botbol Arranger Doppel Publisher (c) Scomegna Edizioni Musicali Grade level 2,5 Duration 3'23 Instrumentation Concert Band-Fanfare Format Full score A4 (21 x 29,7 cm) and card size parts A5 (19,5 x 14,2 cm) Recording FIESTA DEL MAR
“Gam Gam” is the title of a song in Hebrew language written by Elie Botbol, which incorporates the fourth verse of David’s Psalm 23 from the Old Testament. The song has become a symbol of the Holocaust which, unfortunately, involved not only adults but also a million and a half children who were interned in Nazi concentration camps. “Gam Gam” is usually sung by schoolchildren on the international Remembrance Day on January 27.
The music, in klezmer style, has also inspired Ennio Morricone who, in 1993, included it in the soundtrack of the film Jonah Who Lived in the Whale (released in the United States as Look to the Sky.) In the movie, a female teacher teaches the song to Jonah and the other children in a Nazi camp.
Lyrics (transliteration from Hebrew):
Gam-Gam-Gam Ki Elekh
Lo-Lo-Lo Ira Ra
Ki Atta Immadì
Even as I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil;
for You are with me always.
For You are my staff,
With Thee I feel reassured.
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