The Sephardic Hazzanut Project, a website collecting information and recordings concerning Sephardic Hazzanut, was started by Faraj Samra in 2009, beginning with 20 recordings, and now containing more than 1,500 recordings. In addition to the many recordings available through the website, supplementary information regarding Sephardic pizmonim, maqamat, holidays, and daily tefillah, among an array of other subjects, can be found on this website.
The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music seeks to foster new music for Jewish congregational use and expose wider audiences to innovations in Jewish religious music. Shalshelet promotes the creation and spread of new Jewish liturgical music by looking for the answers to these questions: Which congregations are singing different tunes? Who is writing and leading these new compositions? How can these compositions be found, collected, and shared?
The objective of this site is to provide a means of promoting Jewish Liturgical Music (JLM), music that is part of our Jewish musical heritage, which is in danger of becoming forgotten through disuse. Already today the music of some 1,700 JLM composers lays gathering dust on shelves of institutions and individuals around the world. This site will provide a centralized location for JLM music in electronic formats, and information available that would only normally be obtained from specialized libraries around the globe.
This site includes biographical notes about Glick, his works and repertory, as well as some sound examples.
Tara Publications was founded in Cedarhurst, LI in 1971 by musicologist Velvel Pasternak. The goal of the company is “the publication, preservation and dissemination of the heritage of Jewish music.” The earliest publications were collections of Hasidic songs based on recordings arranged and conducted by Pasternak. These were followed by Israeli, Yiddish, Klezmer, Choral, Cantorial and Instrumental music collections. Digital formats can be accessed from around the globe at jewishmusic.com, and print music books can be ordered at tara.com.
Web site dedicated to the preservation, performance, and research of the music written by composers who perished during the Holocaust, with a special emphasis on those in Theresienstadt. Includes information about the foundation's research activities, archives, and educational programs, as well as a calendar of upcoming musical performances. (Description found on US States Holocaust Memorial Website; Music, Web Resources)
An informative site which focuses on Klezmer music and the Klezmer revival. It provides an up-to-date calendar of events all over the world. It also contains links to articles, instrument shops, organizations, bands, sources of sheet music, and recordings.
The Yiddish Book Center defines itself as “a nonprofit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity.” The majority of the center’s resources are literary in nature, however ample archival recordings and music-related material can be found on their website, including a wealth of interviews (video and audio) with Jewish musicians and educators discussing the topic of Jewish music.
Commercial website of independent scholar Jane Peppler, who researches rare songs from the golden era of Yiddish theater, along other things. Several interesting books are for sale on Yiddish Emporium containing transcriptions of and notes on Yiddish theater pieces from Europe and the US, based on Peppler's original research. The site also contains links to Peppler's other work involving Yiddish, including reprints of Gimpel Beynish, a Yiddish comic strip from the WWI-era.
The site contains a comprehensive collection of recordings, lyrics, and biographies of Yiddish musicians. The site is in Russian, English, and Hebrew. The majority of the website is in Russian, however some biographies are available in English. The sound recordings and information regarding these recordings are readily accessible in English throughout the site.
This bibliography outlines a range of published works concerning various aspects of Yiddish song, particularly folk song. (This selection has been distilled from a larger bibliography compiled as part of Abbi Wood's PhD research.)
The Zamir Chorale of Boston is a musical and educational organization with a mission to raise awareness of the breadth and beauty of Jewish culture through performances, recordings, symposia, publications, and musical commissions. Zamir’s repertoire includes Jewish liturgical pieces, major classical works, music of the Holocaust, new compositions, as well as Israeli, Yiddish, and Ladino folksongs.
Zemereshet (primarily in Hebrew) defines itself as a website run by advocates of the early Hebrew folksong. Their goal is to save from extinction songs written in Hebrew, from the early stages of Zionism up until the establishment of Israel, and to make these songs openly accessible to the public through the website. Zemereshet a provides a wealth of collected recordings, including lyrics, archival materials, and contextual background.
This is a comprehensive database of information, lyrics, and sounds of Jewish, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Judeo-Spanish songs.
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