Of the tunes used for Y-h (Kah) Ribon Olam (even if used originally for another song), which is the first, and when was it composed and where? I know that the piyyut itself was composed in the 16th century but I haven't found anything regarding the melodies themselves.

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  • Any tune for Lekha Dodi or Shir HaMaalot or Adon Olam works. How could we know which tune was first? – Double AA Sep 12 '17 at 20:46
  • It would depend on which was composed first. It doesn't need to have been composed specifically for Y-h Ribon; I'll edit it to note that. – PixelArtDragon Sep 12 '17 at 20:48
  • Vague question. Are you referring to some specific tune? I assume you mean "Kah Ribbon" in the Shabbat zemirot? (You may want to edit that into your question - not too many readers know that reference.) – DanF Sep 12 '17 at 20:49
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    I'm referring to whichever was composed first- I don't know which is the oldest, and I'd like to know that and its history. I haven't found many resources as to the history of the tunes' compositions, let alone those that are applicable to Y-h Ribon. – PixelArtDragon Sep 12 '17 at 20:51
  • Avram, I see that someone answered, and I assume the vote is yours. I'm still extremely unclear as to what tune your talking about, and if you can modify your question to clarify that, I think it would help all of us appreciate both the question and the answer. 3 people, including I, have voted to close this question. – DanF Sep 13 '17 at 1:54

I do not believe we know how the original tune went but we know from the author himself, R. Israel Najara, that the tune for this particular song was taken from an Arabic song 'ya rabbi salim salimi' and its mode (maqam) was Rast.

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