Books, articles

Music in Ancient Israel/Palestine

This book of reference written by the musicologist Joachim Braun (1929-2013) deals with music in ancient Israel since the Bronze Age (3200 years B.C.) until the end of the Roman period (4th century A.D.) …

La Danse traditionnelle juive ashkénaze

In this book, the world’s leading specialists in the traditonal dance of the former Yiddishland (Eastern Europe) describe this emblematic aspect of popular Ashkenazi Jewish culture. The spiritual imprint, the …

Les Musigrains – A pedagogical institution (1939 – 1986)

Les Musigrains is a pedagogical and musical adventure lived in Parisian theaters. Thousands of young music lovers who attended more than 400 concerts performed by hundreds of musicians …

Le Passant du pont de l’Europe : Charles-Valentin Alkan, entre tradition et modernité

A book written by Anny Kessous Dreyfuss who makes us discover Charles Valentin Alkan (1813-1888), composer, virtuoso, pedagogue, whose several works are related to his Jewish tradition …

Alexandre Tansman – Regards en arrière

The work and personality of Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986) deserve to be better known, as it was so rich of experiences, and filled with touching people, famous or not. In Regards en arrière, a text written between 1954 and 1958, the composer comes back on his years of training in Poland, and career in France and USA …

Les Juifs d’Iran à travers leurs musiciens

In Iran the Jewish people had a special fate, a long history, which lasted more than 2 700 years in this country. The Jews from Iran liked and played the same music as the other people from Iran, and with the same pleasure. They appropriated the modes of Persian music in their religious chants …

Cheikh Raymond – Une histoire algérienne

Raymond Leyris, aka Cheikh Raymond, had a French name, was Jewish and sang in Arabic. Born in Constantine in 1912, he was the undisputed master of Arab-Andalusian music. This book written by Bertrand Dicale is a big jump into the lost world of Algerian Judaism …

Survivre et mourir en musique dans les camps nazis

Bruno GINER, Berg International éditeur, 2011, 192 p. …

Le chant liturgique juif éthiopien

This book by Olivier Tourny, ethnomusicologist in the CNRS, director of the French Research Center in Jerusalem, describes in a pedagogical way the fascinating musical tradition of Ethiopian Jews …

Music in the Jewish community of Palestine 1880 – 1948 – A Social History

The thrilling story of a small community of immigrants and refugees who succeeded in establishing a musical life internationally renowned with the background of two world wars. A balance between a European heritage and an Eastern inspiration …

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