Comparative research

The Titles of the Psalms- A Renewed Investigation of an Old Problem

The article deals with the titles in the psalter and includes a comparison with Judean desert manuscripts, with titles in other biblical books and comparison with neighbouring cultures. The article includes two approaches to analyzing the titles including a tentative reconstruction of the titling process.

Material Type: 
Articles in Books
Year: 
1982

Remarks concerning the Use of the Melograph in Ethnomusicological Studies

The article lists conclusions with regard to the use of the melograph for ethnomusicological studies based on analysis of Arab and Allepo vocalists. The conclusions are many one is that the melograph should be used for analysis and not to assist performance. Another is that the information received from the Melograph helps to describe intonation and note changes in the pitch level and rhythm.

Material Type: 
Articles in Books
Year: 
1968

The Mogen Ovos Mode: a Study in Folklore

Singing the prayer magen avot, the abbreviated repetition of Sabbath-eve amidah, is an old tradition which "goes back to the third century." Jewish communities in different parts of the world share the same mode for the prayer, though each community has its own variant. This mode, which, to Idelsohn, is the deepest expression of the Jewish soul, is based on an "original melodic line of Jewish folk song" and is also the foundation of various synagogue melodies (e.g. Leoni's yigdal).

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals

Parallels Between the Old–French and the Jewish Song

A somewhat controversial article in which Idelsohn tries to show traces of Jewish music in French folk music. Jews settled in France in the fourth century; "they were scattered throughout the country and lived mingled with the native people" until the fourteenth century when they were expelled twice, first in 1306 and for the second time in 1394.

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Year: 
1933

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