A PDF file. An online article of a reprint from Ktav Publishers in 1980 of the Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Memeorial Volume. The Berman article is in English, discussing the issue of “kol isha”, a woman’s voice, and the source of the proscription against Jewish women singing in front of men and in other situations.
Article appearing in Music and Anthropology: Journal of Musical Anthropology of the Mediterranean, vol. 7, 2002. An online journal with full text of the article available to the public.
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.
Judith Cohen, a Toronto-based musicologist and specialist in Sephardic music, has compiled a brief discography and bibliography.
An online article from JTS Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1997 by Neil Levin. Traces German Jewish cantorial music and its transference to the US. Describes concerts that took place in NY as part of a conference in 1997 called “Voice of Ashkenaz–The Music and Culture of German and Central European Jewry: Remembrance and Renewal.”
Extensive academic bibliography on music in the Near East. Many entries on ancient music in bablyonia as well as ancient Israel.
A Music Drama for Violin and Orchestra. Program notes by Frank Proto.
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.
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.
Hebrew. An online paper by Akiva Zimerman published in Tel Aviv in 1992, “Sherai Ron”, about the rules concerning the use of tuning forks according to Halacha, Jewish Law.
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.
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Helen Winkler has compiled a Jewish music and Jewish dancebibliography from yizkir bikher–memorial books, written after the Holocaust tocommemorate communities that were destroyed. This bibliography was posted on the “KlezmerShack”
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
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.
An online source of history on Jewish hymnody. The page gives a summary history, with credit to several good encyclopedias. The page is primarily concerned with Biblical history and performance practice. It is put up by Smith Creek Music in Nashville, TN.
History of Jewish music with liturgical samples online. Much of the article is taken from a book by Eliyahu Schleiffer, who is head of the Cantorial school for HUC in Jerusalem. Other articles come from other scholarly books.
From musicologist Bob Cohen, has a three part history of Jewish music in Romania.
David Conway, a post graduate student in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College, London has mounted a series of essays and information about European Jewish composers, mainly in the nineteenth century, such as Meyerbeer, Mendelssohn and Halevy, Alkan, Moscheles and so on.
Leonard Lehrman writes about his life working with the music of Marc Blitzstein, which appeared in the August 17, 2001 edition of The Forward.
by Abba Lande. Translated by Roslyn Sherman Greenberg. Partial text from the yizkor book from the town of Lida, Belarus. Part of the Jewish Gen.
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.
A highly selective, very focused bibliography which includes books, articles, music collections, selected recordings, scores and texts.
Indiana University School of Music. An alphabetical arrangement with major links to excellent general musical studies sources. These links lead to most major academic sources in music history and organizations on the web. Updated frequently. Recommended site.
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.”
The Polish Music Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, Summer 2003 has a special issue devoted to Polish-Jewish music. Full text of all the abstracts, articles, and author biographies appear. In addition to articles, several source texts appear with translations into English of writings and letters from Jewish Polish musicians. ISSN 1521 – 6039
Article by Edwin Seroussi from Music & Anthropology: Journal of Musical Anthropology of the Mediterranean. Extensive scholarly article with pictures, bibliography and discography.
Velvel Pasternak has written an extensive article which is published on the Tara Music website. It provides an overview and history of various types of chassidic music and its role in the Jewish life and customs of that community.
An article by Gerben Zaagsma translated into English from the Dutch and published in Historisch Tijdschrift 143/32 (december 1998) 223-230, is now available online. It concerns the history of a Jewish folk music guild from the seventeenth and eighteenth century Prague.
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
Abbi Wood, currently completing a PhD thesis on Yiddish folk song in the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, UK, has compiled a bibliography on Yiddish music. Texts are primarily from English language sources. Bibliography broken into genres, thematic and subject-oriented sections.
Hebrew University’s Jewish Music Research Center regularly publishes works in the journal Yuvaland a monograph series on Jewish music. These publications provide superb and detailed academic sources in Jewish music. Top notch scholarship goes into these academic publications.