"Family Resemblance" and variability in the Sephardic Romancero: A methodological Approach to Variantal Comparison

The corpus of Judeo-Spanish ballads presents a unique case study of stability and change in oral tradition. On the one hand it is a living testimony to the jews' preservation of the Spanish Romance tradition after their expulsion from Spain in 1942; on the other, by absorbing since then so many new stylistic features, it has evolved into a genuine repertoire quite distinct from that of the late Medieval Spanish Romancero, its ancestral counterpart.

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Naomi Shemer

Israeli Composer and songwriter

Naomi Shemer was a prolific singer and composer who built a unified Israeli cultural consciousness through her beautiful melodies.