The Music of the Jews (An Historical Appreciation)

Originally published as Die Musik der Juden: Versuch einer geschichtlichen Darstellung ihrer Entwicklung (Zurich, 1951) and reprinted in 1960 and in 1975 (New York: A.S. Barnes) with a translation from German to English by H.S. Stevens. This book is a 'non technical' survey intended for laymen and is one of the earliest and most naïve post-Idelsohnian attempts to trace the entirety of Jewish music in a unileniar historical narrative. 



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Just harmonizing in their own way': Change and reaction in Judeo-Spanish song.

The transplantation of traditional Sephardic songs to other contexts involves the potential for variations in performance that are eventually assimilated into the repertoire. The cultural profile of performers is crucial for an understanding of the nature of these changes and their acceptance in the tradition.

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Articles in Journals

Susana Weich-Shahak


Born in Argentina, lives in Israel since 1958.

PhD degree in Musicology at the Tel Aviv University (1986); BA and MA in Musicology and piano at the Conservatorio Nacional (Buenos Aires) and the Tel Aviv University Music Academy. PhD dissertation on "The Music of Four Indian Tribes of the Peruvian Forest: Yagua, Campa, Mashco and Orejon", based on recordings of music and mythical tales collected in fieldwork made possible by grants of the Tel Aviv University.

Johanna L. Spector

American Ethnomusicologist

Born in Libau, Latvia. During WWII she was imprisoned in various concentration camps, and in 1947 immigrated to the United States. Spector collected many recordings of different Jewish musical cultures, including music from Iraqi, Persian, Yemenite, and Indian cultures. She documented these cultures on camera and on film, producing several documentaries, and she published many articles concerning these cultures. Spector also assembled a collection of musical instruments from across the Middle East.