Prayer

The Priestly Blessing in the Ashkenazi Synagogue: Ritual and Chant

"The Purpose of this article is to survey the traditional developments of the PB 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.

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Articles in Books
Year: 
2002

Tonality and Motivic Interrelationships in the Performance Practice of Nusach

Author

The article presents several case studies in which the application of concepts and tools of music theory and analysis of Ashkenazi liturgical music may apply to the performance practice of this discipline. The first section explores the scalar aspects of the Ahavah Rabbah mode and its symbiosis with the minor scale, and the implications of this similarity on the practicum, especially in the use of congregational tunes.

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Articles in Journals
Year: 
1991

The Adonai Malach Mode in Ashkenazi Prayer Music: the Problem Stated and a Proposed Outlook based on Musical Characteristics

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An attempt to redefine the Ashkenazi "Adonai Malach" prayer mode. Contains an historical review of its most important definitions (Idelsohn, Cohon, Avenary), and analysis of its motifs, appearing in various prayers. Includes bibliographical references.

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Year: 
2001

Joseph Singer

Cantor

Born in Hilnik, Hungary, officiated as cantor in Beuthen, Nurnberg and Vienna (where he succeeded Salomon Sulzer). He published numerous studies on Jewish music and was among the first to investigate prayer chants scientifically, in an attempt to systemize the traditional prayer modes.

1841-1911

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