Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish: How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood / Edition 1

Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish: How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood / Edition 1

by Jack Gottlieb
     
 

Documents the influence of Jewish music on American popular song.

In Funny, It Doesn’t Sound Jewish, Jack Gottlieb chronicles how Jewish songwriters and composers transformed the popular music of mid-twentieth-century America. Although many critics, historians, and musicians have alluded to the Jewish influence on American popular song, this is the

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Documents the influence of Jewish music on American popular song.

In Funny, It Doesn’t Sound Jewish, Jack Gottlieb chronicles how Jewish songwriters and composers transformed the popular music of mid-twentieth-century America. Although many critics, historians, and musicians have alluded to the Jewish influence on American popular song, this is the first book ever to support such assertions with comprehensive musical examples. Drawing on a variety of historical and archival sources, as well as his own experiences as a composer of synagogue, popular, and concert music, Gottlieb carefully and compellingly documents how a minority culture infused a majority culture, enriched it, and still retained its own identity. He does this with the support of a companion CD that includes previously unrecorded songs as well as some surprising rarities performed by the likes of Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, and Leonard Bernstein.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780844411309
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/27/2004
Series:
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
11.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Problems of Permissions
Other Books
Orthography and Abbreviations

Introduction

Making Lists
What's in a Name?
Yiddish into English

Part I: Secular Roots

1. Slices of History

A Search for Definitions
Over There—The Mediterranean Basin and Western Europe
Over Here—The USA, Mostly New York City

2. The Lullaby of Brody—Childhood Experiences

3. Pathways of Americanization

Adaptation—Musical transformations
A Young Wife's Tale—"Love Me to a Yiddisha Melody"
Adoption—Musical Quotations
Absorption—Musical Anagrams

4. "Writes" of Passage

Accent-Free Adaptations—"And the Angels Sing"
Accent-Free Adoptions—"Nature Boy"
Accent-Free Absorptions

5. The Wandering Gypsy

Acculturation—By Way of an Idiomatic Musical Formula
The Charm of the Flatted Sixth—Jewish Coloration

6. "Yingish" Songs

Novelties—Minor Verse/Major Chorus
In the Limelight—"Yiddle, On Your Fiddle, Play Some Ragtime"
"Moon Shine"

Song Sheets International Proudly Presents The Story of Becky from Babylon

Part II: Sacred Roots

7. The Mood of Modes

The Adonai malakh Mode
The Magein avot Mode
"Hatikvah" (The Hope)
"Eli, Eli" (My God, My God)
The Ahava raba Mode—The Freygish Factor

8. Bits and Pieces

The Impact of the Synagogue

9. Sons of Cantors

Kurt Weill
Jacques Offenbach
Irving Berlin
Harold Arlen
Sammy Fain
Cantors' Sons as Performers

10. Symbols of Faith in the Music of Leonard Bernstein

11. Porter's Trunk

12. Affinities Between Jewish Americans and African Americans

Debunking Canards

Exploitation
Blackface
Pastiche

Showbiz Religion
The Ukrainian Dorian Mode
Jungle Fever, Blues, and Jews
Davenen—Jewish Prayer Style

13. Afterword—Society and Musical Politics

Photo Gallery of Yiddish Songwriters and Poets

Appendixes

A. Composers, Authors, and Performers
B. "Yingish" Song Titles—A Selective List
C. Musical Example Titles

Acknowledgments

Bibliography

Permissions

CD Tracks

Index

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