Folk songs

Israeli folk music: songs of the early pioneers

Songs for voice and piano, arr. by various composers from Israeli folk songs. With a foreword and an afterword by Philip V. Bohlman. Hebrew words (romanized); Hebrew characters and English translations printed as texts. Includes critical and analytical commentary, as well as bibliographical references.
Contents: Havu L’venim (הבו לבנים) / Kurt Weill
Gam Hayom (גם היום) / Darius Milhaud
Ra’inu Amalenu (ראינו עמלנו) / Arthur Honegger

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The Mogen Ovos Mode: a Study in Folklore

Singing the prayer magen avot, the abbreviated repetition of Sabbath-eve amidah, is an old tradition which "goes back to the third century." Jewish communities in different parts of the world share the same mode for the prayer, though each community has its own variant. This mode, which, to Idelsohn, is the deepest expression of the Jewish soul, is based on an "original melodic line of Jewish folk song" and is also the foundation of various synagogue melodies (e.g. Leoni's yigdal).

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