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Discovering Jewish Music

Overview of the history of Jewish music for the intelligent lay reader as well as more advanced students of Jewish music. Several chapters discuss popular music in Israel and America. Contains some 175 musical examples, and an accompanying CD with 65 tracks. However, it is an uneven catalogue of data from Biblical times to contemporary Israeli popular music lacking criticism or contextualization.

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Books
Year: 
2003

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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Books
Year: 
1953

Hebraeisch-orientalischer Melodienschatz, 02[G]: Gesaenge der babylonischen Juden

Also exists in English and Hebrew. Music of Babylonian Jews (and Kurdish Jews). Includes an introductory essay on their customs, their language (in comparison to Syrian pronunciation of Hebrew), and their music (modes, motives and Arabic influence, as well as comparison of Biblical cantillation of various communities); contains some information also about the Jews of Kurdistan and their language (Aramaic).

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Books
Year: 
1922

Hebraeisch-orientalischer Melodienschatz, 02[E]: Gesaenge der babylonischen Juden [Songs of the Babylonian Jews]

Also exists in German and Hebrew. Music of Babylonian Jews (and Kurdish Jews). Includes an introductory essay on their customs, their language (in comparison to Syrian pronunciation of Hebrew), and their music (modes, motives and Arabic influence, as well as comparison of Biblical cantillation of various communities); contains some information also about the Jews of Kurdistan and their language (Aramaic).

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Books
Year: 
1923

Towards an interdisciplinary study of Jewish oral traditions

An approach to Jewish linguistic, cultural, and musical traditions that would explicitly integrate their multifaceted oral dimensions is advocated. Such an interdisciplinary approach would yield many benefits for the individual areas of study. Examples of the approach are given.[author]

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Articles in Books
Year: 
1996

Hebrew Notated Manuscript Sources up to Circa 1840: A Descriptive and Thematic Catalogue with a Checklist of Printed Sources

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Analytical catalogue of all musical notations of JM (mostly liturgical) from the Genizah fragments (13th century) to 1840, a date in which printed JM started to appear in growing numbers. Extensive indices allow for the easy retrieval of information including melodies.

 

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Books
Year: 
1989

Musical Notations of Zemirot (Sabbath Table Songs) in an Eighteenth Century Manuscript at the Prague National Library

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The article describes a manuscript from the Birnbaum Collection which may date from before the middle of the 18th century. Examples of the Zemirot (Shabbat songs) contained in the Ms, are presented alongside their deciphered texts.

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Articles in Journals
Year: 
1998

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