Jüdische Musiktraditionen

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)