Joel Rubin / Rita Ottens
Musikpraxis in der Schule, Band 4
(Jewish Musical Traditions: Music Practice for Schools, vol. 4)
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...