Mazel Tov from The Jewish Music WebCenter: Congratulations Stephen!! This is probably the most significant accomplishment of 2003 on the Internet for Jewish music…
“Ladies and Gentlemen! —
It gives me the greatest of pleasure, after more than 7 years of travail, to announce that over 2,000 sheets of shul music have now been scanned and put on the www.shulmusic.org site.”– so starts the announcement of Stephen Simpson. Simpson’s accomplishment is significant in the history of Jewish music online. http://www.shulmusic.org/
The shul music list
will give updates as to when the next batches will be on-line.
The uploaded files are:
Yamim Noraim basics, taken from 2 choirs: 18 MB
Sulzer in zipped file: 84 Mb
Lewandowski – all three volumes (Shabbat, Yom Tov and recitatives): 100 MB
Basic Shabbat choral material: 14 MB
Index of all known liturgical music composers: 2 Mb
The Blue Book in a zipped file: 44 MB
The Goldfarb (son and father) Yamim Noraim Songster from 1926: 4 Mb
The URL is: http://www.shulmusic.org/latest_updates.htm
Stephen Simpson grew up in north-west London where he heard the beauty of Jewish liturgical music through singing in his orthodox synagogue choir. After immigrating to Israel, he started a shul choir in Rehovot, Israel. Stephen felt keen disappointment by the decline of choral music in synagogues in Israel. This led him to the current digitization project. He plans to continue to make Jewish music from the early 1800s available to others through the web.