Writings

A representative sample of Joel Rubin’s print publications as well as downloadable versions of and links to a number of his articles and book chapters.

Walden - The Cambridge Companion to Jewish Music

Klezmer in Cambridge Companion to Jewish Music

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Chapter “Klezmer” in Cambridge Companion to Jewish Music, ed. Joshua Walden. Cambridge University Press, 2015

Cambridge page

New Old Europe Sound cover

Article Music without Borders in the New Germany: Giora Feidman and the Klezmer-influenced New Old Europe Sound

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Joel E. Rubin, Music without Borders in the New Germany: Giora Feidman and the Klezmer-influenced New Old Europe Sound.

Ethnomusicology Forum 24(2)(August 2015): 205-229. more...

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Chapter “With an open mind and with respect”: Klezmer as a Site of the Jewish Fringe in Germany in the Early 21st Century

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Joel E. Rubin, “With an open mind and with respect”: Klezmer as a Site of the Jewish Fringe in Germany in the Early 21st Century, in: Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014: 31-56.

Disclocated Memories more...

Jewish Popular Music in Handbuch Jüdische Kulturgeschichte

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Online article Joel E. Rubin, Jewish Popular Music, in: Handbuch Jüdische Kulturgeschichte. Universität Salzburg, 2015.

Enzyklopädie für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur Bd. IV

Entry “Niggun” in Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Niggun. In: Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur (Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture) Vol. 4, ed. Dan Diner. Stuttgart: Verlag J.B. Metzler, 2013: 368-70..

Metzler Verlag

Enzyklopädie für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur Bd. III

Entry “Jazz” in Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Jazz. In: Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur (Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture) Vol. 3, ed. Dan Diner. Stuttgart: Verlag J.B. Metzler, 2012: 173-79.

Metzler Verlag

Enzyklopädie für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur Bd. I

Entry “Badkhn” in new encyclopedia of Jewish history & culture

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Badkhn. In: Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur (Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture) Vol. 1, ed. Dan Diner. Stuttgart: Verlag J.B. Metzler, 2011: 230-32.

Metzler Verlag

Conney Conference Proceedings - About

“What A Jew Means in This Time”: Naftule Brandwein, Dave Tarras and the Shifting Aesthetics in the Contemporary Klezmer Landscape

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

“What A Jew Means in This Time”:
Naftule Brandwein, Dave Tarras and the Shifting Aesthetics in the Contemporary Klezmer Landscape
In: Proceedings of the 2007 Conney Conference on Jewish Arts. Practicing Jews: Art, Identity, and Culture
Published online by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing in collaboration with Wendt Library, 2009

Link to article text and audio examples

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“Like a string of pearls”: Brass instruments in Jewish instrumental klezmer music

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Like a String of Pearls [pdf]

“Like a string of pearls”: Brass instruments in Jewish instrumental klezmer music
In: Studies in Jazz 58: Early Twentieth-Century Brass Idioms: Art, Jazz, and Other Popular Traditions, ed. Howard T. Weiner
(series editors Dan Morgenstern and Edward Berger, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey)
Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press 2009: 77-102 more...

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“They danced it, we played it”: Adaptation and revitalization in post-1920s New York klezmer music

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

They Danced It, We Played It [pdf]

Joel E. Rubin
“They danced it, we played it”:
Adaptation and revitalization in post-1920s New York klezmer music
In: Studies in Jewish Civilization 19:
“I Will Sing and Make Music”: Jewish Music and Musicians Throughout the Ages

ed. Leonard J. Greenspoon, Ronald A. Simkins, and Jean Cahan
Omaha: Creighton University Press, 2008: 181-213
Distributed by University of Nebraska Press more...

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Hearing Israel: Music, Culture and History at 60

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Joel Rubin and James Loeffler, editors
Proceedings of the international academic conference
“Hearing Israel: Music, Culture and History at 60”
Jerusalem: Min-Ad: Israel Studies in Musicology (peer-reviewed, online journal) Vol. 7 Number II (2008-09)

Link to Min-Ad site: http://www.biu.ac.il/hu/mu/min-ad/

Journal American Musicological Soc. for review Slobin

Book review of American Klezmer: Its Roots and Offshoots

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

Book Review of American Klezmer [pdf]

Jüdische Musik und ihre Musiker cover

Heyser Bulgar (The Spirited Bulgar)

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

Heyser Bulgar Article [pdf]

Joel E. Rubin
Heyser Bulgar
(The Spirited Bulgar):
Compositional process in Jewish-American dance music of the 1910s and 1920s
In: Jüdische Musik und ihre Musiker im 20. Jahrhundert
(Jewish Musicians and Its Musicians in the 20th Century)
ed. Wolfgang Birtel, Joseph Dorfman and Christoph-Hellmut Mahling
Schriften zur Musikwissenschaft
(Musicological Writings; Musicology Institute of the University of Mainz)
Mainz: ARE Musikverlag, 2006: 361-80 more...

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Review essay “Music is the Pen of the Soul”

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Music is the Pen of the Soul [pdf]

Joel E. Rubin
Review essay “Music is the Pen of the Soul”:
Recent Works on Hasidic and Jewish Instrumental Klezmer Music
AJS Review
29:1, Journal of the Association for Jewish Studies,
2005: 145-158

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“Im Zentrum eines alten Rituals”: Die Klarinette in der Klezmer-Musik (“In the midst of an ancient ritual”: The Clarinet in Klezmer Music)

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

Faszination Klarinette Article [pdf]

Bibliography to Faszination Klarinette Article [pdf] more...

Song and Popular Culture cover for review Winkler

Book review Georg Winkler, Klezmer. Merkmale, Strukturen und Tendenzen eines musikkulturellen Phänomens

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

Winkler Review [pdf]

Joel E. Rubin with Rita Ottens
Book review Georg Winkler, Klezmer. Merkmale, Strukturen und Tendenzen eines musikkulturellen Phänomens
Lied und populäre Kultur/Song and Popular Culture
: Jahrbuch des Deutschen Volksliedarchivs
49 (2004): 285-321

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Ambivalente Indentitäten: Die amerikanische Klezmer-Bewegung als Reaktion auf Krise and Trauma (Ambivalent Identities: The American Klezmer Movement as a Reaction to Crisis and Trauma)

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

Ambivalente Identitäten

Joel Rubin
Ambivalente Indentitäten: Die amerikanische Klezmer-Bewegung als
Reaktion auf Krise and Trauma (Ambivalent Identities: The
American Klezmer Movement as a Reaction to Crisis and Trauma)
In: Berichte aus dem ICTM-Nationalkomitee Deutschland XIII: Traditionelle Musik und Mode(n) – Freie Berichte
(Proceedings of the ICTM German National Committee XIII: Traditional Music and Mode(s) – Reports)
ed. Marianne Bröcker
Bamberg: Universitätsbibliothek, 2004: 89-115 more...

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Jüdische Musiktraditionen

Sunday, June 10th, 2001

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. more...

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Klezmer-Musik

Thursday, June 10th, 1999

Currently out of print.

Klezmer-Musik is not about the current klezmer revival in America and its followers in Europe, but rather about the musical tradition of the klezmorim and their culture, which developed in eastern Europe as a way of life within a society governed by Jewish religious customs. The result is the collective biography of the klezmer musicians of eastern Europe and their immediate successors, told from the perspective of the musicians themselves. For the first time, the roots of klezmer music in the Jewish religion, its originally magical function and its place within the medieval folk beliefs of the Ashkenazic Jews of the Rhineland are described. With a multidisciplinary approach combining elements of ethnomusicology, historical musicology, Judaic studies, comparative religion and literature, history, sociology and cultural studies, it was possible to reconstruct the complex developments in traditional klezmer music and to show its path over generations and continents. Klezmer-Musik is the result of over ten years of interviews and research in the United States, eastern and western Europe and Israel. Joel Rubin’s scholarly research as an ethnomusicologist and his practical work as a performing musician – in particular with the Epstein Brothers and Pete Sokolow, and Israeli hasidic musicians – opened the doors to a world which enriched the authors’ research and made this book possible. more...

Judaism cover for Rumenishe Shtiklekh article

Rumenishe shtiklekh (Romanian pieces)

Wednesday, June 10th, 1998

Rumenishe Shtiklekh [pdf]

Rumenishe shtiklekh (Romanian pieces):
Klezmer
music among the Hasidim in contemporary Israel
Judaism
(Issue 185, Volume 47, Winter 1998): 12-23

Juedische Literatur und Kultur

Can’t You Play Anything Jewish? Klezmer-Musik und jüdische Sozialisation im Nachkriegsamerika (Klezmer Music and Jewish Socialization in Post-War America)

Wednesday, June 10th, 1998

Can’t You Play Anything Jewish? [pdf]

Joel Rubin
Can’t You Play Anything Jewish?
Klezmer-Musik und jüdische Sozialisation im Nachkriegsamerika
(Klezmer Music and Jewish Socialization in Post-War America)
in: Jüdische Literatur und Kultur in Großbritannien und Nordamerika nach 1945
(Jewish Literature and Culture in Great Britain and North America since 1945)
ed. Beate Neumeier
Wiesbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz Verlag (in German), 1998
No. 3 in the series “Jüdische Kultur, Studien zu Religion, Geistesgeschichte und Kultur”
(Jewish Culture. Studies on Religion, History of Ideas, and Culture)
ed. Karl E. Grözinger, pp. 189-219 more...

Kol Rino. Die Stimme des Jubels (The Voice of Jubilation), I-III

Wednesday, June 10th, 1998

Joel Rubin and Rita Ottens
Kol Rino. Die Stimme des Jubels
(The Voice of Jubilation), I-III.
Jüdische und israelische Musik in der Schule. Handreichung für den Musikunterricht

(Jewish and Israeli Music in the Schools. Manual for Music Instruction)
Berlin: Ministry of Schools, Youth and Sports, 1998

Not commercially available

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Music Book: Mazltov! Jewish-American Wedding Music

Wednesday, June 10th, 1998

Music Book: Mazltov!: Jewish-American Wedding? Music
from the Repertoire of Dave Tarras?for Clarinet (Bb or C)
or other Melodic Instruments
Revised and edited by Joel Rubin
Mainz/London/Madrid/New York/Paris/Tokyo/Toronto:?Schott
Musik International, 1998
ISMN M-001-12146-0

Mazltov! contains detailed melodic transcriptions (with chords) from the acclaimed CD by Joel Rubin with the Epstein Brothers Orchestra (recipients of the 1998 National Heritage Fellowship), Zeydes un Eyniklekh (Grandfathers and Grandsons): Jewish-American Wedding Music from the Repertoire of Dave Tarras. more...

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Klezmer-Forschung in Osteuropa: damals und heute (Klezmer Research in Eastern Europe: Then and Now)

Saturday, June 10th, 1995

Klezmer-Forschung in Osteuropa

Joel Rubin and Rita Ottens
Klezmer-Forschung in Osteuropa: damals und heute (Klezmer Research in Eastern Europe: Then and Now)
In: Juden und Antisemitismus im östlichen Europa (Jews and Antisemitism in Eastern Europe)
ed. Mariana Hausleitner and Monika Katz
No. 5 in the series Multidisziplinäre Veröffentlichungen (Multidisciplinary Publications) of the East European Studies Institute, Free University, Berlin
Harrassowitz Verlag, 1995: 177-193

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Alts nemt zikh fun der doyne (Everything comes from the doina)

Friday, June 10th, 1994

Alts nemt zikh fun der doyne [pdf]

Joel Rubin
Alts nemt zikh fun der doyne
(Everything comes from the doina).
The Romanian-Jewish Doina: A Closer Stylistic Examination
In: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Jewish Music
ed. Steve Stanton
City University, London, April 1994.
London: City University, 1997: 133-164.