Art

Maurice Ravel's accompaniment to three Hebrew melodies: Archaic or ultra-modern?

Analysis of Ravel's Mejerke mein Suhn (published as "Chanson Hebraique" in Chants populaires in 1910) and Kaddish and die alte Kashe (published as Deux melodies hebraiques in 1914).reveals an ingenious use of compositional techniques of the past. With admiration and respect for the Jewish musical heritage, Ravel has harmonized three of its most beautiful and familiar melodies.

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Year: 
1987-1988

Italian Jewish musicians in Western musical tradition

Giovanni Maria, an excellent flutist, was part of a small group of Jewish musicians in the court of Pope Leo X. Salomone Rossi (1570-ca. 1630) made significant contributions to vocal music. Other Jewish Italian musicians included the violinist Giulio Terni and the soprano Giuditta Pasta (1797-1865). Michele Andrea Agniello Costa (1806-84) studied at the Royal Conservatory in Naple and eventually was appointed music director at the Kingws Theatre in London.

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Year: 
1989-1990

Italian Jewish musicians in Western musical tradition. II

Abramo Basevi (1818-1885) was a music critic and composer. His book "Studio sulle opera di Giuseppe Verdi" is considered a musicological tool. Another musicologist, Arnaldo Bonaventura (1862-1952) catalogued collections of old music at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence. Violinist composer Federigo Console (b. 1841) is known for "Safer Shire Israel" ("Book of the Songs of Israel". Other Italians included pianist Carlo Felice Boghen (b. 1869), librettist Giacomo Orefice (b.

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Year: 
1990-1991

Chopin's controversial mazurka op. 17, no. 4

Analysis of the musical texture of the mazurka op. 17, no. 4 shows the use of material borrowed from Chopin's previous works and the presence of elements derived from Polish musical folklore. Considering Chopin's negative attitude toward the Jewish musical idiom, it is unlikely that the piece has any Jewish content. The nickname "Little jew" has generated misunderstanding in the musical interpretation of the mazurka and should be dismissed for the anti-Semitic feeling it expresses.

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Year: 
1988

Mille voci una stella: Il contributo degli esecutori vocali ebrei o di originale ebraica alla musica operistica e classica (One thousand voices, one star: The contribution of Jewish or Jewish descended singers to operatic and classical music).

Lives and musical achievements of 20th-c. Jewish singers, with particular attention to those who suffered in the Holocaust.

Material Type: 
Books
Year: 
1987

Jewish Musicians at the Court of the Mantuan Dukes 1542-1628

Originally published as: Jüdische Musiker am Hofe von Mantua von 1542-1628. Translated from the Hebrew version, published by the same publisher and editor in 1975. Translated, revised & enlarged by Judith Cohen. Published jointly with the Council for Culture & Art of the Ministry of Education and Culture for the World Congress on Jewish Music, Jerusalem, 1978.

Material Type: 
Books
Year: 
1978

George Gershwin's songbook: Influences of Jewish music, ragtime and Jazz

Doctoral dissertation (University of Kentucky. The 18 piano transcriptions in the "George Gershwin song-book" reflect Gershwin's abilities as a pianist and his fascination with the early 20th music. In America's melting-pot of cultures, the influences of ragtime, jazz and traditional Jewish music may be found. Gershwin wrote for the piano in a remarkable free fresh and innovative fashion. Improvisations as a genre and not as a style are brilliantly captured in this opus.

Material Type: 
Books
Year: 
1989

A Critic Look at His generation

Following the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948 one can clearly detect a growing response to world-wide artistic expressions. The new modes of expression, the innovative techniques, the various elaborate media have all become part of Israeli music. And yet, despite these influences some of the composers have kept their idiosyncratic Israeli flavour. The above mentioned influences on Israeli composers in the Sixties and Seventies are discussed in this article.

Material Type: 
Articles in Books
Year: 
1980

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