The Music of the Bible Revealed: The Deciphering of a Millenary Notation
This is a translation by Dennis Weber, edited by John Wheeler and jointly published with King David's Harp, in which a noted French musicologist argues that the accentual system preserved in the Masoretic Text was originally a method of recording hand signals ("chironomy") by which temple musicians were directed in the performance of music. She explains her reconstruction of these notations which has allowed her to perform haunting and beautiful music around the world using only the Hebrew text as a score.
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The Spirit of the Priestly Music of the Hebrews
A Brief Explanation of the Deciphering Key
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4th degree 9th century A_ do_ nay Aaron ben Asher accent according already ancient music antiquity appears appoggiatura augmented 2nd basic degree biblical cantillation biblical prosody cadence caesura cantillation cantillation signs century B.C.E. chironomy choirs Chron cited Combarieu confirmed correlation Decalogue deciphering key diatonic ensemble example expression fact Fondation Roi David formulae gestures Haik-Vantoura half-step harmony Hebraic Hebrew Bible indicate instruments interpretation interval Israel Jerusalem Karaites Levites Lord lower signs Machabey manuscripts Masoretes Mayer Lambert melismas melody modal mode monody Moreover Moses ben Asher musical meanings musicians musicologists Musique names neumatic notations octave original Paris particular Paul Kahle phrase member plain chant Postface proof prosodic system prosody Psalm psalmodic system psalmody punctuation reconstituted relationships rhythm rhythmic scale Song Sumer syllable synagogue syntax Talmud te'amim Temple Temple of Jerusalem Tiberian notation tonal tonic traditional cantillations upper signs verse words