The song Hallelujah by Klapa Kartolina is an a cappella cover of Leonard Cohen’s famous song, where the arrangement and the third verse in the Croatian language are the work of Višnja Tijardović, director of Klapa Kartolina. This video is an homage to the life and work of Leonard Cohen and in it you can see motifs influenced by his video works. Religious motifs in this video are inspired by the lyrics of the third verse, which is based on the author’s interpretation of Cohen’s struggle with faith in the song. The video was filmed on locations in Split, Croatia and Windsor, Canada. See photo gallery from the filming below.

Pjesma Hallelujah je a’cappella obrada poznate pjesme Leonarda Cohena, gdje je aranžman i treća kitica na hrvatskom jeziku uradak Višnje Tijardović, voditeljice Klape Kartolina. Ovaj video spot je hommage životu i radu Leonarda Cohena i u njemu se vide motivi nadahnuti njegovim video uradcima. Religiozni motivi su potaknuti stihovima treće kitice, koja se temelji na autoričinoj interpretaciji Cohenove osobne borbe sa definicijom vjere kroz stihove pjesme. Video je sniman na lokacijama u Splitu, Hrvatska i u Windsoru, Kanada. Galeriju fotografija sa snimanja pogledajte u nastavku.


Lyrics: Leonard Cohen 1st & 2nd verse, Višnja Tijardović 3rd verse,
Music: Leonard Cohen
Music arrangement: Višnja Tijardović
Video Director: Reginald Tiessen, 2024
Videography: Reginald Tiessen, Ivan Perić and Josip Rogošić
Photography: Studio Iris Ban and Antonio Stipinović, Klapa Kartolina

I’ve heard there was a secret chord,
That David played and it pleased the Lord,
But you don’t really care for music do ya?
It goes like this; the fourth, the fifth,
the minor fall, the major lift,
The baffled king composing Hallelujah.

You say I took the Name in vain,
but I don’t even know the Name,
but if I did well really what’s it to ya?
There is a blaze of light in every word,
It doesn’t matter which you heard,
The Holy or the broken Hallelujah.

I prođe čitav njegov vijek,
I Riječ on tu razazna tek,
Što to stvarno znači Hallelujah.
Zbog njega ja Riječ tu čuh,
A kroz nju zbori Sveti duh,
I kliče iz sveg glasa Hallelujah!
Hallelujah, Hallelujah ..
(And his whole life passed,
And he finally understood the Word,
What Hallelujah really means.
Because of him, I heard the Word,
And through the Word the Holy Spirit speaks,
And he exclaims Hallelujah!)

This video has been made possible with the support of the Central State Office for Croats Abroad. We would like to thank everyone who participated, contributed and supported us in making this project, firstly our families, and then; Reginald Tiessen, Elizabeth Graham, Ivan Perić, Josip Rogošić, don Ante Mateljan and the Cathedral of St. Domnius Split and Windsor Shaar Hashomayim congregation.