Music in Jewish Thought

Selected Writings, 1890–1920

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About the Book

With the nineteenth century came new freedom for European Jews. Enjoying an integration that had been denied since the Middle Ages, they now wrestled with the form and degree of that integration in all areas of their lives, including in their creation, appreciation, and criticism of music. The writings focus on Jewish musicology, biography, historical surveys, secular music and songs performed in the synagogue.

About the Author(s)

Jonathan L. Friedmann is a professor of Jewish music history at the Academy for Jewish Religion California, extraordinary professor of theology at North-West University (NWU), South Africa, and a research fellow at NWU in musical arts in South Africa: resources and applications. He is the author, editor, or compiler of 19 books on music and religion. Visit his website at jonathanfriedmann.com.

Bibliographic Details

Compiled by Jonathan L. Friedmann
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4439-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5509-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction: Sulzer, Idelsohn, and the Revival of Jewish Music      7

PART I: JEWISH SACRED MUSIC      25

1. The Music of the Jews (1898)

Sam L. Jacobson      29

2. Synagogal Music (1906)

Francis L. Cohen      34

3. Jewish Music (1917)

Francis L. Cohen      52

4. Music of the Synagog (1915)

Jacob Singer      59

5. Hebrew Music (1919)

Lewis M. Isaacs      66

6. The Music of the Synagogue (1917)

David de Sola Pool      69

PART II: STUDIES IN JEWISH MUSIC      77

7. The Music of the Psalms (1894)

Naphtali Herz Imber      81

8. The Music of the Ghetto (1898)

Naphtali Herz Imber      96

9. Jewish Singers (1910)

Mendel Silber      106

10. Composers and Players (1910)

Mendel Silber      109

11. The Russian Jewish Folk-Song (1917)

Kurt Schindler      112

12. Hazzanim and Hazzanut (1920)

Pinchos Jassinowsky      122

PART III: REVIVING JEWISH MUSIC      131

13. Solomon Sulzer: Reminiscences of Vienna (1890)

Benjamin Franklin Peixotto      135

14. The Life of Salomon Sulzer (1903)

Adolph Guttman      138

15. Music of the Synagogue (1895)

Gustav Karpeles      147

16. Secular Currents in the Synagogal Chant in America (1918)

Joseph Reider      153

17. A Revival of Jewish Music (1919)

Joseph Reider      163

18. The Future of Jewish Music (1919)

Jerome H. Bayer      179

19. Music in the Religious School (1919)

Louis Grossman      186

Sources of Selections      191

Bibliography      193

Index      199