Also in: Musicological Studies 3 (1980): 139-58. Interviews made during field work in Hungary and Czechoslovakia illustrate the emic concepts about musical composition in Ashkenazic Jewish music. The concepts differ considerably with regard to various styles within the tradition. Nevertheless, it is generally agreed that Hassidic nigumim are original inventions of composers from Hassidic courts.
Attempts to conceptualize and illustrate the problem of rhythmic structures without a clear beat, that is, structures which are commonly called free or flowing rhythm. A theoretical framework is proposed for the analysis and transcription of such music.
Collection title: Cahiers de musiques traditionnelles. XII (1999): Noter la musique Analyzes in detail two examples of transcription of monophonic music with complex rhythmic strata that interact in subtle and fluid ways: , a partially improvised Hungarian traditional song of the genre practiced chiefly in Transylvania, and the benediction section of the , an Ashkenazi prayer celebrating the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt.
Contains Eastern-European Ashkenazi chants and Hasidic melodies as well as some choral arrangements of the same. The Anthology also contains original compositions of Jewish composers, most importantly Arnold Schonberg's last compositions 'Mima'amakim" (in Hebrew).
A collection of Ashkenazi cantorial music, edited by a very knowledgeable Hazzan and an excellent musician. However, it is still worthwhile to compare Ephros' edition with the source manuscripts or prints of the compositions.