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Idelsohn's Scholarly and Literary Publications: An Annotated Bibliography

An indispensable tool for grasping the scope of A.Z. Idelsohn’s oeuvre. Although not covering all of his writings, it discusses in detail all Idelsohn’s major works providing also a guide to the connections between his different works and the evolution of his ideas.

 

Material Type: 
Articles in Books
Year: 
1986

A. Z. Idelsohn: A Pioneer in Jewish Ethnomusicology

The revised version of the first part of "Two Anniversaries- Two Pioneers in Jewish Ethnomusicology," Orbis Musicae, II (1973/74): 17-18. The article gives a brief survey of Idelsohn's seminal works which layed the foundations of research in Jewish music.

Material Type: 
Articles in Books
Year: 
1986

Discovering Jewish Music

Overview of the history of Jewish music for the intelligent lay reader as well as more advanced students of Jewish music. Several chapters discuss popular music in Israel and America. Contains some 175 musical examples, and an accompanying CD with 65 tracks. However, it is an uneven catalogue of data from Biblical times to contemporary Israeli popular music lacking criticism or contextualization.

Material Type: 
Books
Year: 
2003

The Music of the Jews (An Historical Appreciation)

Originally published as Die Musik der Juden: Versuch einer geschichtlichen Darstellung ihrer Entwicklung (Zurich, 1951) and reprinted in 1960 and in 1975 (New York: A.S. Barnes) with a translation from German to English by H.S. Stevens. This book is a 'non technical' survey intended for laymen and is one of the earliest and most naïve post-Idelsohnian attempts to trace the entirety of Jewish music in a unileniar historical narrative. 

 

 

Material Type: 
Books
Year: 
1953

Hebraeisch-orientalischer Melodienschatz, 02[G]: Gesaenge der babylonischen Juden

Also exists in English and Hebrew. Music of Babylonian Jews (and Kurdish Jews). Includes an introductory essay on their customs, their language (in comparison to Syrian pronunciation of Hebrew), and their music (modes, motives and Arabic influence, as well as comparison of Biblical cantillation of various communities); contains some information also about the Jews of Kurdistan and their language (Aramaic).

Material Type: 
Books
Year: 
1922

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