Books

כותרת:
Between Tradition and Modernity: The High Holy Days Melodies of Minhag Ashkenaz
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Publisher: 
Jewish Music Research Centre - Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Material Type: 
Books
Tradition: 
Ashkenazi
Place of Publication: 
Jerusalem
Year: 
2019
Series: 
Yuval Music Series
Volume: 
12
Pages: 
470
Languages: 
English
Hebrew
Country / Area: 
Eastern Europe
Description: 
Between Tradition and Modernity: The High Holy Days Melodies of Minhag Ashkenaz According to Ḥazzan Maier Levi of Esslingen is volume 12 of the JMRC's Yuval Music Series. The new production comprises 179 liturgical pieces with extensive annotations and analyses for each selection by Dr. Geoffrey Goldberg. An extensive study on Maier Levi and his times as well as of the entire Southern German liturgical Jewish tradition round out the 470 pages of this book, making it one of the major publications undertaken in the field of the Ashkenazi liturgy. 
 
We quote from the introduction to the book: “Maier Levi bequeathed to posterity a manuscript of musical scores, a ‘cantorial compendium,’ that must be regarded as one of the most significant transcriptions of the oral tradition of Ashkenazic ḥazzanut. More specifically, this compendium, even though not complete since its greater part only covers the High Holy Day services, nevertheless constitutes the most extensive and detailed transcription of the synagogue chant of the South German Jews. On this chant tradition Maier Levi clearly was an outstanding authority. In addition to the chants of the ḥazzan, the compendium frequently describes the wider liturgical and worship background, particularly the role of the congregation during the prayer services.” 
 
Recordings of a selection from Maier Levi’s transcriptions, performed by Cantor Amnon Seelig (Mannheim), accompany this publication and are available for download below in .zip format. We also include here one of the two versions of the ancient poem Avinu Malkenu as a streaming sample.
 
 
Presentation conference of the new JMRC publication, Between Tradition and Modernity:
The High Holy Days Melodies of Minhag Ashkenaz According to Hazzan Maier Levi of
Esslingen, at the historical Jewish Orphanage of Esslingen, November 10, 2019. From right to
left: Dr. Geoffrey Goldberg (author), Ms. Jutta Bogdahn-Klotz (Esslingen Cultural Office), Dr.
Georg Woetzer (Head of the Friends of Jewish Culture in Esslingen and organizer of the
event) and Prof. Edwin Seroussi.

 

Attachments: 

57 selected pieces from Maier Levy's notations, as performed by Cantor Amnon Seelig.

כותרת:
Experiencing Devekut
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Publisher: 
Jewish Music Research Centre, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Material Type: 
Books
Tradition: 
Ashkenazi
Place of Publication: 
Jerusalem
Year: 
2015
Series: 
Yuval Music Series
Volume: 
11
Languages: 
English
Hebrew
Description: 

“Among hasidim the niggun not only reveals the state of mind of the singer, but also arouses the singer to the [hasidic] worship that he must fulfill.” - Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber, the fifth Habad Rebbe

To understand the power of the niggun experience in the hasid’s religious life, it is necessary to elaborate on concepts such as devekut and ratzo vashov (ebb and flow), and to appreciate the spiritual importance of hasidic gatherings, in which the niggun experience plays a central role. These are the central topics of the new book by Raffi Ben-Moshe that was published in December 2014 as part of the Jewish Music Research Centre's Yuval Music Series.

This study, the first of its kind, is based on extensive field work and participatory observations carried out among gatherings of hasidim in Israel, on a formal analysis of the niggunim performed during these occasions, and on the hermeneutics of the sayings of the Habad Rabbis on music and its role in mystical experience. The book contains complete musical transcriptions of the niggunim discussed in the text as well as a CD with excerpts from the field recordings upon which the study relied.

 

Music in Antiquity - The Near East and the Mediterranean

Music was one component of the cultural continuum that developed in the contiguous civilizations of the ancient Near East and of Greece and Rome. This book covers the range and gamut of this symbiosis, as well as scrutinizes archeological findings, texts, and iconographical materials in specific geographical areas along this continuum.

Material Type: 
Books
Year: 
2014

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