Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship

Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship

by Jeffrey A. Summit
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195161815

ISBN-13: 2900195161815

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Across the United States, Jews come together every week to sing and pray in a variety of worship communities. Through this music, worshippers define and redefine their relationship to the Jewish tradition and contemporary American culture. Through oral histories and an analysis of songs, The Lord's Song in a Strange Land explores the relationships between music and…  See more details below

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Across the United States, Jews come together every week to sing and pray in a variety of worship communities. Through this music, worshippers define and redefine their relationship to the Jewish tradition and contemporary American culture. Through oral histories and an analysis of songs, The Lord's Song in a Strange Land explores the relationships between music and identity in diverse Jewish congregations of the greater Boston area. Part of Oxford's American Musicspheres series, this book and its companion CD reveal a strong, fluid musical tradition that has adapted to the diversity of Jewish worship in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195161815
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
American Musicspheres Series
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

A Note on Transliterationxiii
Introduction3
1An Introduction to Jewish Worship23
2The Meaning of a Tune: The Sabbath Hymn Lekhah dodi33
3The Meaning of Nusach: Worshippers' Perspectives on Traditional Jewish Chant105
4Meaning and Melody Choice in Jewish Worship129
Conclusion: American Jews and American Religious Experience147
Notes157
Glossary177
Works Cited181
Contents of Accompanying CD191
Index195

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