Jewish Music and Modernity

Jewish Music and Modernity

by Philip Bohlman
     
 

Is there really such a thing as Jewish music? And how does it survive as a practice of worship and cultural expression even in the face of the many brutal aesthetic and political challenges of modernity? In Jewish Music and Modernity, Philip V. Bohlman imparts these questions with a new light that transforms the very historiography of Jewish culture in modernity.

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Is there really such a thing as Jewish music? And how does it survive as a practice of worship and cultural expression even in the face of the many brutal aesthetic and political challenges of modernity? In Jewish Music and Modernity, Philip V. Bohlman imparts these questions with a new light that transforms the very historiography of Jewish culture in modernity.

Based on decades of fieldwork and archival study throughout the world, Bohlman intensively examines the many ways in which music has historically borne witness to the confrontation between modern Jews and the world around them. Weaving a historical narrative that spans from the end of the Middle Ages to the Holocaust, he moves through the vast confluence of musical styles and repertories. From the sacred and to the secular, from folk to popular music, and in the many languages in which it was written and performed, he accounts for areas of Jewish music that have rarely been considered before. Jewish music, argues Bohlman, both survived in isolation and transformed the nations in which it lived. When Jews and Jewish musicians entered modernity, authenticity became an ideal to be supplanted by the reality of complex traditions. Klezmer music emerged in rural communities cohabited by Jews and Roma; Jewish cabaret resulted from the collaborations of migrant Jews and non-Jews to the nineteenth-century metropoles of Berlin and Budapest, Prague and Vienna; cantors and composers experimented with new sounds. The modernist impulse from Felix Mendelssohn to Gustav Pick to Arnold Schoenberg and beyond became possible because of the ways music juxtaposed aesthetic and cultural differences.

Jewish Music and Modernity demonstrates how borders between repertories are crossed and the sound of modernity is enriched by the movement of music and musicians from the peripheries to the center of modern culture. Bohlman ultimately challenges readers to experience the modern confrontation of self and other anew.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195178326
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/26/2008
Series:
AMS Studies in Music Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

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Prologue: Before Jewish Music

Pt. I Places of Jewish Music

1 The Jewish Village: Music at the Border of Myth and History 3

2 The People without Music History: Rediscovering Jewish Music in the Mediterranean 35

3 East and West 53

Pt. II Ontologies of Jewish Music

4 Inventing Jewish Music 73

5 Self-Reflecting-Self: Jewish Music Collecting in the Mirror of Modernity 105

6 Paths toward Utopia 126

Pt. III Beyond Jewish Music

7 Parables of the Metropole 147

8 Jewishness in Music: Mirrors of Selfness in Jewish Music 181

9 Staging Jewish Music 203

Epilogue: After Jewish Music 237

Bibliography 247

Discography 265

Index 267

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