Le Niggun Meron: Description d’un patrimonie instrumenal juif

Material Type: 
Articles in Books
In: 
Yuval Studies of The Jewish Music Research Centre ( Book )
Publisher: 
The Magnes Press, The Hebrew University, and RCA Victor
Place of Publication: 
Jerusalem
Year: 
1971
Series: 
Yuval Studies
Volume: 
2
Volume: 
2
Pages: 
73-97
Recording Number: 
ISC 0503
Type of Recording: 
Research Recording
Media: 
Record
Languages: 
French
Country / Area: 
Israel
Tradition: 
Ashkenazi
Description: 

The Klezmer musicians of the Ultra-Orthodox communiity in Jerusalem, Safed and Tiberius have a special repertoire which differs from their other Nugunnim. These nigunnim which accompany the solo dance on festival occasions or function as marches are termed "Niggunei Meron". This name testifies to the connection between this repertoire and the festivities taking place at Meron on Lag BaOmer and the 6th of Adar. The article discribes Niggunei Merons' functions and brings interviews of research participants. After a discussion of the ethnographic problems the article deals with musical aspects: performance practice, structure, scale and rhythm which emphasize the uniqueness of Nigunnei Meron within Jewish music. Klezmers in the US have a repertoire of nigunnim with similar musical attributes to those of Nigunnei Meron which they call "Bulgar" or "Terkish". Both the Bulgar and Nigunnei Meron are influenced by Balkan music. The article concludes with a comparison between Nigunnei Meron and Romanian and Turkish music. Some of the Musical examples appear in the appended Record (7",33 1/3 RPM)