Gan Chorpi

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Hebrew: גן חורפי (Winter Garden). Partner dance by Gila Paz, 2010.

The interesting thing here is not the dance, but who gets credit for the music and the lyrics.

The original song is French: Jardin d'Hiver (Winter Garden). It was written by Benjamin Biolay and Keren Ann in 2000, and appears on Ann's first album La Biographie de Luka Philipsen. It has been covered by many artists.

Keren Ann was "discovered" by Henri Salvador. When Salvador returned to singing after a couple of decades in eclipse (during which time he became a champion in the game of pétanque), Biolay and Ann offered the song to him for his 2002 rebound album Chambre avec vue. Because of the huge popularity of the song on that album, many sources credit Salvador with its authorship. In other places it is credited solely to Benjamin Biolay or solely to Keren Ann.

The Hebrew translation of the lyrics is variously credited to Naomi Shemer (as the choreographer says in the Rokdim video) or to Tamar Giladi, who is the singer. Probably the latter is correct. However, Keren Ann is herself Israeli, born in Caesaria, and is fluent in Hebrew, English, and Dutch as well as French. It seems at least possible that she did the translation herself. It would be nice to contact her somehow and ask this question.

External Links

Jardin d'Hiver sung by Keren Ann. The credits say "the singer Keren Ann performs the title 'Jardin d’Hiver' by Henri Salvador".

Jardin d'Hiver sung by Henri Salvador. The credits say "Official music video for 'Jardin d’hiver' by Henri Salvador".

Hebrew lyrics to Gan Chorpi at Shironet. Keren Ann is given sole credit for words and melody; the translation is credited to Tamar Giladi.

Keren Ann's biography on French Wikipedia

Gan Chorpi at

Video at Rokdim