Music in the Jewish community of Palestine 1880-1948: a social history

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Clarendon Press, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 297 pages
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This book presents a social history of the music of the Jewish community in Palestine from the beginnings of Jewish immigration to Palestine in 1880 to the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948. The story is a fascinating case study of a small society of immigrants and refugees who established an internationally recognized professional musical establishment against the backdrop of two world wars, the absorption of successive waves of immigrants, local skirmishes, and a full-scale national war. Though under Ottoman and later British rule, Jewish society in Palestine was virtually autonomous in cultural matters; its musical culture struggled for a balance between a transplanted European heritage and a powerful, ideologically driven desire to find inspiration from the East. Hirshberg opens with a description of music in Palestine under Ottoman rule, and then proceeds to chart the momentous history of the next seventy years in a broadly chronological framework. His final chapters center on the broad array of ideological and social polemics which dominated the musical scene for the entire period.

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Contents

1 Idelsohns righttoleft notation
13
2 Idelsohn Jephtah Yemenite melody
20
Initiatives
23
From Abyss to Recovery
48
Dream and Nightmare
65
Music of the People Music for the People
78
1 Achron Hebrew Melody
82
Music in the Land of the Bible Pure Music
93
My Heart is in the East
184
Music and the Kibbutz
204
1 Sharet Seder music Lithuanian style
226
In the Cause of Jewish Music
229
2 Nardi arr Sternberg Who will build
233
The Ideological Strife
241
1 The Lord will build Galilee
248
The Semiotics of the East
256

Enter the Germans
110
From PanEurope to the Palestine Orchestra
122
Inventing a Tradition of Folksongs
146
1 Zeira Ah bne hagalil
155
The Immigrant Composers Transform the Musical Scene
157
2 Korn Duo
182
1 Weinberg The Pioneers Hasidic Sabbath Song
257
Guns and Muses
273
ACUM Association of Composers and Authors in Palestine
277
Index
287
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