Analysis

Toward A Clearer Definition of the Magen Avot Mode

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Primarily motivated by historical and comparative musicology, past studies of Ashkenazi prayer modes were affected by a pre conceived paradigm, which resulted in a distorted perception of these modes. This paper first examines the roots and specific implications of this phenomenon in one such mode, which insiders call "Magen Avot" and then moves on to propose a new model for a definition of the mode.

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Articles in Journals
Year: 
2001-2

Tonality and Motivic Interrelationships in the Performance Practice of Nusach

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The article presents several case studies in which the application of concepts and tools of music theory and analysis of Ashkenazi liturgical music may apply to the performance practice of this discipline. The first section explores the scalar aspects of the Ahavah Rabbah mode and its symbiosis with the minor scale, and the implications of this similarity on the practicum, especially in the use of congregational tunes.

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Articles in Journals
Year: 
1991

The Adonai Malach Mode in Ashkenazi Prayer Music: the Problem Stated and a Proposed Outlook based on Musical Characteristics

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An attempt to redefine the Ashkenazi "Adonai Malach" prayer mode. Contains an historical review of its most important definitions (Idelsohn, Cohon, Avenary), and analysis of its motifs, appearing in various prayers. Includes bibliographical references.

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Year: 
2001

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