Folk songs

Israeli folk music: songs of the early pioneers

Songs for voice and piano, arr. by various composers from Israeli folk songs. With a foreword and an afterword by Philip V. Bohlman. Hebrew words (romanized); Hebrew characters and English translations printed as texts. Includes critical and analytical commentary, as well as bibliographical references.
Contents: Havu L’venim (הבו לבנים) / Kurt Weill
Gam Hayom (גם היום) / Darius Milhaud
Ra’inu Amalenu (ראינו עמלנו) / Arthur Honegger

Material Type: 
Scores
Year: 
1994

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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