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The purpose of this book is to present a survey of Jewish music to illuminate its special role as a mirror of history, tradition, and cultural heritage. The 27 topical chapters have been placed within a modified chronological perspective to present a historic picture of virtually every important development in Jewish music. The book represents a culmination of several decades of the author's dedicated labor and scholarly study in this field.

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IRENE HESKES is a music historian who specializes in Jewish music.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Documenting the Heritage
1 A Duty of Preservation and Continuity: Collectors and Collections of Jewish Music in America 3
2 Abraham Z. Idelsohn and Gershon Ephros: Creative Connection 12
3 Builders of Sacred Bridges: Scholars and Studies in Jewish Music 23
Pt. II Bible, Liturgy, and Cantorial Art
4 Jewish Music and Biblical Heritage 37
5 A Historical and Bibliographical Perspective on Jewish Liturgical Music in Eastern Europe to 1900 46
6 The Golden Age of the Cantorial Art 56
7 Melodies of Prayer: The Jewish Liturgical Calendar 69
Pt. III The Musical Heritage of Sephardic and Oriental Jewry
8 Judeo-Spanish Moroccan Songs 89
9 Three Important Collections of Sephardic Music 94
10 Sephardic Music Conference in Jerusalem 97
11 Sephardic Traditions and Mediterranean Styles 100
12 The Music of Oriental Jewry 105
Pt. IV Music of Mysticism and Piety
13 The Mystics: Poet-Bards of the Liturgy 111
14 The Music of Hasidism: Melodies of Spiritual Ecstasy 117
15 Collections of Hasidic Music 122
Pt. V The Yiddish Musical World of Eastern Europe
16 Music and Yiddish 129
17 Yiddish Musical Theater: Its Origins in Europe 132
18 Russian Nationalism and Jewish Music 145
Pt. VI The Holocaust Era
19 The Musical Legacy of the Holocaust 155
Pt. VII America
20 Three Hundred Years of Jewish Music in America 177
Pt. VIII The Music of Zion and Israel
21 Hope and the Man: Hatikvah and Naphtali Herz Imber 229
22 Song and the Modern Return to Zion 235
23 The Inspiration of Israeli Composers 247
24 Musical Festivities in Israel 251
Pt. IX Composers and Compositions
25 Reflections on Creativity and Heritage: Salomone Rossi and His Era 259
26 Meyerbeer, Halevy, and Offenbach: The Nineteenth Century 264
27 Arnold Schoenberg: Shaper of Twentieth-Century Music Creativity 273
28 Bloch, Milhaud, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco 283
29 An Emigre Sampler: Toch, Zeisl, Wolpe, and Weill 292
30 Leonard Bernstein 298
31 Commissioning of Jewish Music 305
32 Some Thoughts on American Popular Songwriters: Berlin, Kern, Gershwin, and Arlen 309
33 Scripture as Creative Inspiration 315
X Women
34 Miriam's Sisters: Jewish Women and Liturgical Music 325
Afterword 335
Index 339
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