The earlier version, entitled “Cross-Repertoire Motifs in the Liturgical Music of Ashkenazi Tradition,” was presented at the World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 2013. This article is an expanded and elaborated version of that paper.
A survey of the history and personalities of an ambitions pre-World War II attempt to create an institution that will document and promote Jewish music while moving the operations from an insecure Europe to Palestine. Based on the archives of the WCJM located at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, the book includes useful indices.
Written as a memoire of the musical encounters of the author, composer and conductor Lazare Saminsky (1882-1959), with Jewish communities in his homeland, the Russian Empire and elsewhere, the book is a document of the late Romantic Orientalistic views of Western intellectuals regarding the authenticity of Jewish music in the East.
A survey of Jewish music from Biblical times to the present that compiles a great amount of selective data without offering in-depth insights into the social context in which the music is created, performed, judged and consumed.