Jewish music

Free-Form Recitative and Strophic Structure in the Hallel Psalms

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The Hallel of the Hungarian Jews is divided into two parts: the first six sections are in recitative style, the next five sections are metrical, and the 12th section is again recitative. The recitatives are derived from the maqam principle, but the metrical tunes may be considered folk songs, and are influenced by other cultures.

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Year: 
1979-80

Invention individuelle et tradition collective dans la musique juive de Hongrie

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.

Material Type: 
Books
Year: 
1982-83

Preliminary thoughts toward the study of music without clear beat: the example of 'flowing rhythm' in Jewish nusah

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.

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Year: 
Spring-Summer 1993

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