Hebraeisch-orientalischer Melodienschatz, [E] 1923-33 [Thesaurus of Hebrew Oriental Melodies]

Vols. 1-2, 6-10; Also in German (1-10) and Hebrew (vols. 1-5). Each volume contains scores of various kinds of music (liturgical and paraliturgical, as well as comparisons to music of other communities or to non-Jewish music), preceded by an introductory section about the Jews, their culture and languages, and their music (including theoretical analysis).

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Liturgical-Musical Customs at the Dawn of a New Era: Continuity and Change in Salomon Geiger’s Divrey Kehillot

Geiger’s work testifies to the overwhelming continuity of the liturgical-musical customs of Frankfurt-am-Main, many of which reflect a hazzanut of “sound signification.” Nevertheless it also reveals change, modification and even decay of some of Frankfurt’s liturgical-musical practices. To some extent the Divrey Kehillot represents an idealized portrayal of minhag frankfurt prior to Modernity.

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Articles in Books

Neglected sources for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Synagogue Music: The Prefaces to Louis Lewandowski's Kol Rinnah U't'fillah and Todah W'simrah. Annotated Translations

The core of the article is a translation from the German of Lewandowski’s prefaces to his major works of synagogue music. Unfortunately omitted from the editions currently printed by Sacred Music Press, the prefaces provide invaluable material on the evolution of these works, the aims of the composer, and his ideas on synagogue music and hazzanut. The introduction to the article takes issue with aspects of the accounts of Lewandowski found and repeated in the literature.

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Articles in Journals

Josef Tal (Gruenthal)

Composer, pianist & teacher

Josef Tal (b. Pine, Germany 1910 - Jerusalem 2008, immigrated in 1934), composer, pianist, conductor, and lecturer, has gained an exceptional reception in the last decades. As one of the most published local composers, about 100 of his pieces have been published by the Israel Music Institute. He was the most distinctive among the first generation of composers who principally opposed the use of folklorism and orientalism. This may have reflected his education in Berlin in the late 1920's, where he was immensely influenced by the Second Viennese school.


Solomon Lipschitz

Cantor and writer

Born in Furth, Germany. Worked as cantor in various cities in Europe, including Prague and Frankfurt. Known for his volume Te'udat Shelomo which contains synagogue musical practices of his time and personal reminiscences.