The World Centre for Jewish Music in Palestine, 1936-1940: Jewish musical life on the eve of World War II

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Clarendon Press, Nov 12, 1992 - Music - 297 pages
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Using the documents assembled by the World Centre for Jewish Music in Palestine (WCJMP) during the half decade of its activities in the late 1930s, this volume examines the history of European Jewish music on the eve of its destruction. The many voices of the musicians and intellectuals forcedto flee from the growing spectre of Nazism speak in this book about the transformation of the Jewish communities of Europe, the difficulties faced before and during exile, and the growing human and cultural tragedy faced by European Jewish culture. Voices of hopefulness also emerge from thedocuments in the book, particularly as Jewish musicians throughout the world turned to the WCJMP, and sought new outlets for the performance and study of Jewish music. Though the WCJMP itself succumbed to the destruction of European Jewish music, its history provides a new way to formulate and writethe history of Jewish music, and furthermore of the complex postmodern history of European music.Philip V. Bohlman has translated selected documents from the correspondence and publications of the World Centre for Jewish Music, introduced their unique and compelling themes, and provided commentaries on all documents and their authors.

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Organizing the WCJMP Abroad

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About the author (1992)

Philip V. Bohlman, Professor of Music and Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, has taught and published from an exceptionally broad range of topics in today's world musics: folk and ethnic music in the USA; the musics of European minorities and refugees; the Middle East and South Asia; the
ideological and political dimensions of music in nationalism and racism. He is the 1997 recipient of the Royal Music Academy's Dent Medal, and Bohlman has written, edited, or co-edited seventeen books.

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