Bloch, Schoenberg, and Bernstein: Assimilating Jewish Music

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198167112
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service 12
1.1 'Et juif, par surcroit!': language, race, and the 'Mission of Israel' 13
1.2 'Un oratorio juif': compositional problems and solutions 30
1.3 'An answer to the accusations of Chamberlain': controversy and recuperation 53
Ch. 2 Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw 74
2.1 'A Jewish army shall be created': Schoenberg's Jewish politics 74
2.2 'An Absolute and unitary perception': compositional and analytical implications 91
2.3 'The concert stage is not a theatre': the consumption and canonization of the Survivor 115
Ch. 3 Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish 127
3.1 'The most traumatic and cruel period of my life': Leonard Bernstein's aporia 127
3.2 'I want to say Kaddish': composition, confrontation, reconnection 140
Conclusion: assimilating Jewish music 167
References 181
Index 195
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