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.

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Articles in Journals
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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.

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Books
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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.

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Articles in Journals
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Spring-Summer 1993

Trial of Strength: Wilhelm Furtwangler in the Third Reich

Retrieved from: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Research: Bibliographies Documents the controversial career of conductor and composer Wilhelm Furtwangler, who chose to remain in Germany and work with the Nazi Party throughout the war despite his open criticism of the regime. Details his complex relationship with Jewish musicians. Includes photographs and important documents from his life.

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Books
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1994

The Destruction of a Cultural Tradition in Germany: Organs and Organ Music in the Synagogue

Retrieved from: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Research: Bibliographies Describes the fate of Jewish organists and organ music under the Nazis, culminating in the destruction of over 200 synagogue organs on Kristallnacht. Includes brief obituaries for 22 organists and composers who died in the Holocaust.

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Articles in Books
Year: 
2001

Musica Judaica: Journal of the American Society for Jewish Music

The journal presents scholarly as well as semi-popular papers on various aspects of Jewish music. The aim of the Society is “to raise the standards of composition and performance in Jewish music, both liturgical and secular... to encourage research in all areas of Jewish music...to sponsor performances of new and rarely heard works...to commission new works of Jewish interest... to establish links with students and faculty at academic institutions. . .

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Journals
Year: 
1975-

המורשה המוסיקלית של קהילות ישראל [The Musical Heritage of the Jewish Communities]

The publication is meant for self-study and it serves as a course on Jewish music for students of Everyman's University. Each unit is written by a different author, but all are edited by the main contributor.

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Books
Year: 
1985-1987

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