Liturgy

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.

Material Type: 
Articles in Books
Year: 
2005

The Priestly Blessing in the Ashkenazi Synagogue: Ritual and Chant

"The Purpose of this article is to survey the traditional developments of the PB [Priestly Blessing] ritual and its music in the Ashkenazi communities in both Central and Eastern Europe and to discuss the later developments in the Reform congregations of Germany and North America.

Material Type: 
Articles in Books
Year: 
2002

Voices in the sanctuary: Musical Practices of the American Synagogue

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The system that defines the musical and liturgical practices of the Ashkenazi synagogue also delineates various degrees of freedom as to how the prayers are sung. In North America these practices took on characteristic changes, including those beyond the built-in freedom. The paper examines a few cases studies in which these changes are reflected, primarily in regards to the norm of performance, and examines their possible roots.

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Year: 
2002

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