From instrumental klezmer music to Chassidic or Yiddish songs, from Judeo-Arab and Judeo-Spanish songs to synagogue and art music, the field of Jewish music is as vast as varied. It is characterized by the experience of the diaspora, the meeting and confrontation place of ideas and cultures. Thus there is not one but several Jewish “musics”, each one of them resulting of a specific history and cultural environment.
Written by experts in Jewish music (musicologists, historians, archivists, etc.), they explore various themes: Jewish culture, history of music, etc.
Based on extensive research and documentation, the biographical notes introduce us to the great figures of Jewish musical heritage.