Online Bibliographies, Articles and Texts

A Quick Cantor

by Paul Vernon. This article was originally published in the magazine FolkROOTS. Discusses the rise of Jewish cantors, recordings, and their success in turn of the twentieth century in America. Focuses especially on Rosenblatt, Hershman and Kwartin. Touches on klezmer and European recording, as well. Copyright belongs to the author, Paul Vernon. Electronic edition by Lars Fredriksson, April 17, 1997.

Ethnomusicology Online

A peer reviewed webjournal with full text and multi-media presentation given in conference format with no bibliographies. Scholarly and general submissions in ethnomusicology and related disciplines are accepted. Homesite is located at the University of Maryland–Baltimore County with mirror sites at the University of California School of Arts and Architecture and University of Bologna Department of Music and Theater. Articles such as: “Music, Myth and History in the Mediterranean: Diaspora and the Return to Modernity” by Michael Bohlman and “On Jewish and Muslim musicians of the Mediterranean” by Amnon Shiloah appear fulltext.

Feldman, Cantor Elihu

Cantor Elihu Feldman of synagogue B’nai Shalom in West Orange, New Jersey, has a regular monthly column, which is mounted on the synagogue’s website. These columns often contain valuable information about a variety of aspects of Jewish music, not the least of which are historical pieces and brief biographical sketches of famous Jewish musicians.


A Jewish community site from Trondheim, Norway dedicated to the “private, non-profit, non-denominational resource site for Jewish religion and culture with the primary focus on Western Sephardic traditions, mainly the Spanish and Portuguese traditions of NW Europe and the Americas, and a secondary focus on Litvak, Hamburg and Scandinavian Ashkenazi traditions.” In the music section, which is in Norwegian, there is a history of Sephardic music, along with online scores of various pieces and samples of music from Emanuel Aguilar and the Rev. D.A. de Sola’s Talelé zimrá(Sephardi melodies : being the traditional liturgical chants of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews Congregation, London. These are interesting samples of music that may not be as familiar to Americans.

History of Jewish Music

This website is devoted to various histories of music. This section gives eight divisions on some history of Jewish music, from an individual at the University of Baltimore.
1. A Great Musical Tradition
2. The Synagogue and its Music
3. The Chazzan (or Cantor) and his Cantillation
4. An Italian Development of the Sixteenth Century
5. The Partial Reintroduction of Instrumental Music
6. The Ninteenth- and Twentieth-century Reform Movement
7. Jewish Popular Song
8. Some Modern Investigations and Opinions

Jewish Folklore in Israel

This website is dedicated to Jewish folklore, mainly in Israel, and of many different groups from around the world. The site brings up-to-date news of publications in the field of Jewish folklore. These includes tables of contents, links to academic departments and institutions including the Israel Folktale Archive at University of Haifa, and periodicals in Hebrew and English. Some sets of tables of contents service to journals such as Yuval, of the Jewish Music Research Centre in Jerusalem, and other journals containing articles on dance and Jewish music.

Main Klezmer Modes

Josh Horowitz is a musicologist and tsimbl player living in Austria who works extensively with early Klezmer instruments. His extensive article on klezmer modes is scheduled to be published in a scholarly journal. This online article summarizes and explains the theoretical base, the main types of modes and the modal progressions in European klezmer music.

Orbis Musicae – ASSAPH

Table of Contents listed. “Orbis Musicae is an international musicological journal published by the Department of Musicology of Tel-Aviv University…While the journal publishes articles and books reviews (mostly in English, but with occasional contributions in German and French) dealing with all aspects of musicology, the editors have attempted in the past to emphasise the music of the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin. The articles in Orbis Musicae are often illustrated with musical examples and other material.”

Tischler Collection of Music by Israeli Composers

Alice Tischler’s collection of music by Israeli composers, gathered for her book, are now part of a special collection at the William and Gayle Cook Music Library at Indiana University School of Music. This collection is not yet catalogued, but is described as vast. For more information, see her book, A descriptive bibliography of art music by Israeli composers in our library’s collection.
Music Reference ML120 .I75 T57 1988