Perspectives on Jewish Music: Secular and Sacred

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Jonathan L. Friedmann
Rowman & Littlefield, Sep 3, 2009 - Religion - 170 pages
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Perspectives on Jewish Music presents five unique and engaging explorations of Jewish music. Areas covered include self-expression in contemporary Jewish secular music, the rise of popular music in the American synagogue, the theological requirements of the cantor, the role of women in Sephardic music and society, and the personal reflections of a leading figure in American synagogue music. Its wide-ranging topics and disciplinary approaches give evidence for the centrality of music in Jewish religious and secular life, and demonstrate that Jewish music is as diverse as the Jews themselves. From these studies, readers will gain an appreciation of both what Jewish music is and what it does. This book will be useful for students, practitioners, and scholars of Jewish secular and religious music and Jewish cultural studies, as well as ethnomusicologists specializing in Jewish or religious music.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Case Studies on the Relevance of Diaspora in Contemporary American Jewish Music
9
Chapter 02 The Folk and FolkRock Movement of the Sixties and Its Influence on the Contemporary Jewish Worship Service
41
Chapter 03 Humility Prayer and the Cantorial Ideal
57
Masculine and Feminine Forms of Language and Ritual in Sephardic Secular and Sacred Music
77
My Life in Sacred Song
97
Selected Bibliography
137
Index
151
About the Contributors
161
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Jonathan L. Friedmann is cantor of Bet Knesset Bamidbar in Las Vegas, Nevada and editor of Jewish Sacred Music and Jewish Identity (2008), The Value of Sacred Music (2008), and Music in Jewish Thought (2009).

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