Archive for June, 2001

Jewish Instrumental Folk Music: The Collections and Writings of Moshe Beregovski

Friday, June 15th, 2001

Beregovski Book cover

Jewish Instrumental Folk Music: The Collections and Writings of Moshe Beregovski
Translated and Edited by Mark Slobin, Robert Rothstein, and Michael Alpert
(Syracuse University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-8156-0691-5)

Accompanying CD to the English translation of Beregovski’s 1938 work includes a performance by the Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble from Beregovski’s Khasene.

Currently out of print

Little Blackbird: Klezmer, Romanian, Greek, Turkish, and Hungarian music

Friday, June 15th, 2001

Little Blackbird CD cover

Little Blackbird:
Klezmer, Romanian, Greek, Turkish, and Hungarian music
Featured artist: Sandra Layman, violinist
(Rosin Dust Music RD-CD 101, 2001)

This CD features live performances of Seattle-based violinist Sandra Layman. Included are several live and studio tracks featuring the only available performances of the trio format of the klezmer and Greek ensemble The Old Country (Joel Rubin, clarinet; Lisa Rose, tsimbl/santouri; Sandra Layman, violin), which performed in the Pacific Northwest from 1982-1985.

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Jüdische Musiktraditionen

Sunday, June 10th, 2001
Judische Musiktraditionen book cover

book cover

Joel Rubin / Rita Ottens
Jüdische Musiktraditionen:
Musikpraxis in der Schule, Band 4
(Jewish Musical Traditions: Music Practice for Schools, vol. 4)
ISBN 3-7649-2694-3
BE 2684
ca. 144 pages with CD
Gustav Bosse Verlag
, Kassel, 2001

Klezmer is fashionable and often is used as a synonym for the numerous and very different Jewish musical traditions that exist across the globe. Admittedly, it’s an inadequately restrictive viewpoint which neglects other Jewish musical traditions. Jüdische Musiktraditionen by the ethnomusicologists Joel Rubin and Rita Ottens is intended for use in music education in the schools, but is also of interest for a general readership. Here, liturgical music traditions, differences between Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions, Hasidic nigunim (songs of spiritual elevation) and Yiddish songs, songs of the ghettos and resistance fighters, as well as Israeli popular music are discussed. Step by step, with notated musical examples and an instructive accompanying CD with musical examples, a veritable cosmos of musical traditions is unveiled, offering a view into Jewish life and thought over the centuries that is too little known.

“An exceptionally knowledgeable and differentiated introduction to the topic of Jewish Music is offered by Joel Rubin and Rita Ottens. The authors succeed in introducing basic culturo-historical information and critical comments about the not unproblematic reception of Jewish musical forms … and, at the same time, about musical-stylistic characteristics. … One is especially thankful for the accompanying CD with musical examples.”

(klasse musik 2/2002):

“A successful book that can serve well as an instructional manual for music in the schools and, at the same time, as a good read.”

(Der neue Merkur 7/2002):

“The excellent book includes many recorded examples on the accompanying CD, from the prayer “Kol Nidre”, to holiday songs and dances, to Israeli pop hits. A very informative listening-read!”

(Jugendschriftenausschuß Mittelfranken 8.4.2002)