Bloch, Schoenberg, and Bernstein: Assimilating Jewish Music

Bloch, Schoenberg, and Bernstein: Assimilating Jewish Music

by David M. Schiller
     
 

David Schiller's study of the Jewish music of Bloch, Schoenberg, and Bernstein reveals how, in the mid-twentieth century, the problem of assimilation was acutely felt as the unfinished business of European Jewry, at a time when American Jewry was creating its own distinctive culture (albeit with European roots). This incisive study sheds new light on an important… See more details below

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David Schiller's study of the Jewish music of Bloch, Schoenberg, and Bernstein reveals how, in the mid-twentieth century, the problem of assimilation was acutely felt as the unfinished business of European Jewry, at a time when American Jewry was creating its own distinctive culture (albeit with European roots). This incisive study sheds new light on an important aspect of the cultural and aesthetic achievements of these seminal Jewish composers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198167112
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Ch. 1Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service12
1.1'Et juif, par surcroit!': language, race, and the 'Mission of Israel'13
1.2'Un oratorio juif': compositional problems and solutions30
1.3'An answer to the accusations of Chamberlain': controversy and recuperation53
Ch. 2Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw74
2.1'A Jewish army shall be created': Schoenberg's Jewish politics74
2.2'An Absolute and unitary perception': compositional and analytical implications91
2.3'The concert stage is not a theatre': the consumption and canonization of the Survivor115
Ch. 3Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish127
3.1'The most traumatic and cruel period of my life': Leonard Bernstein's aporia127
3.2'I want to say Kaddish': composition, confrontation, reconnection140
Conclusion: assimilating Jewish music167
References181
Index195

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