Tsippi Fleischer's Study of the Hebrew Folk Song
One of Tsippi Fleischer’s main areas of focus, one that reflects her deep personal commitment to her homeland (and is related to her ideology in the field of education) is the study of the Hebrew Song as reflecting the demography and history of the Yishuv and the State of Israel, and “cultivating memory of the Israeli and Jewish entity” as she defines.
Her interest in the Hebrew Song began when she was a teenager at the Reali School in Haifa. Her final high school project, The Historical Development of the Hebrew Folksong (submitted in 1964), was a study broad in scope, the first of its kind in Israel, on the history of the Hebrew Song. The work eventually received recognition as a valid ethno-musicological study and was ultimately published in a thick volume. The book surveys musical styles, combining the historical background of songs from the beginning of the pioneering settlement in Israel, songs from the “state-in-progress” and songs from the first years of the young state, together with rare musical illustrations and an index of the beginnings of melodies. In addition, the book includes musical analysis of songs and many interviews with artists – poets and writers, composers and performers.
Fleischer expanded her scope in this field and has published additional studies of the Hebrew Song including: The Giants of the Kibbutz in Hebrew Folksong: Matityahu Shelem, David Zehavi, Yehuda Sharet; The Emek: A Dream - Songs of the Jezreel Valley; From the 50s to the 60s: The Changeover in Hebrew Song: 1957-1964, and others.