Let Jasmine Rain Down: Song and Remembrance among Syrian Jews

Let Jasmine Rain Down: Song and Remembrance among Syrian Jews

by Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Shelemay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226752127

ISBN-13: 9780226752129

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

When Jews left Aleppo, Syria, in the early twentieth century and established communities abroad, they carried with them a repertory of songs (pizmonim) with sacred Hebrew texts set to melodies borrowed from the popular Middle Eastern Arab musical tradition. Let Jasmine Rain Down tells the story of the pizmonim as they have continued to be composed, performed,…  See more details below

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When Jews left Aleppo, Syria, in the early twentieth century and established communities abroad, they carried with them a repertory of songs (pizmonim) with sacred Hebrew texts set to melodies borrowed from the popular Middle Eastern Arab musical tradition. Let Jasmine Rain Down tells the story of the pizmonim as they have continued to be composed, performed, and transformed through the present day; it is thus an innovative ethnography of an important Judeo-Arabic musical tradition and a probing contribution to studies of the link between collective memory and popular culture.

Shelemay views the intersection of music, individual remembrances, and collective memory through the pizmonim. Reconstructing a century of pizmon history in America based on research in New York, Mexico, and Israel, she explains how verbal and musical memories are embedded in individual songs and how these songs perform both what has been remembered and what otherwise would have been forgotten. In confronting issues of identity and meaning in a postmodern world, Shelemay moves ethnomusicology into the domain of memory studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226752129
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Author's Note
Acknowledgments
Jasmine: Poem on Sandpaper
Introduction1
Prelude: Sur Yah El15
1Song and Remembrance25
Prelude: Attah El Kabbir54
2Music and Migration in a Transnational Community64
Prelude: Ani Ashir Lakh92
3A Judeo-Arab Musical Tradition104
Prelude: Ramah Evarai135
4Lived Musical Genres148
Prelude: Yehidah Hitna'ari172
5Individual Creativity, Collective Memory182
Prelude: Melekh Rahaman207
6Conclusion: A Community in Song212
Embroidered Rag: Poem on Umm Kulthum231
Notes233
Glossary255
Contents of Compact Disc258
Bibliography267
Discography277
Formal Interviews277
Music Sessions278
Index279

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