Chant

Thesaurus of Hebrew Oriental Music

The most important anthology of Jewish music. The first five volumes contain music of Oriental Jewish communities which Idelsohn heard in Jerusalem during the years 1907-1921. The other five volumes contain music of Ashkenazi communities which Idelsohn collected from different sources. Volumes VI and VII are based on the manuscripts of the Birnbaum Collection at the Library of the Hebrew Union College Cincinnati.

Material Type: 
Scores
Year: 
1914 (vol. I), (1922-1933 (vol. II-X)

Zemirot Zevulun

Kwartin’s improvisations on traditional synagogue melodies were recorded and transcribed for the three volume collection, Zemirot Zevulun, which was released in two parts; the first two volumes in 1928 and a supplementary volume T’fillot Zevulun in 1938. The collection includes complete musical liturgy for weekday Minchah, Maariv, Kabbalat Shabbat, Shaharit and Musaf.

Material Type: 
Scores
Year: 
1928

The Concept of Mode in European Synagogue Chant

The article deals with research of the "Adonai Malach" Steiger using 30 melodies representing an existing tradition. "Adonai Malach"'s scale, motives, the motives' function, placement and the Steiger's "ethos" are all examined. The Steiger proves to be an extraordinary phenomenon in European music but there is an obvious similarity to the melodic structure of Eastern music in the past and present.

Material Type: 
Articles in Books
Year: 
1971

Voices in the sanctuary: Musical Practices of the American Synagogue

Author

The system that defines the musical and liturgical practices of the Ashkenazi synagogue also delineates various degrees of freedom as to how the prayers are sung. In North America these practices took on characteristic changes, including those beyond the built-in freedom. The paper examines a few cases studies in which these changes are reflected, primarily in regards to the norm of performance, and examines their possible roots.

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Year: 
2002

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