Liturgical Jewish Music

Hervé Roten -
Actes Sud et Cité de la Musique, 1998, Paris.


To describe the diversity of the Jewish musical traditions may seem as a challenge. But such is the aim of this book which presents an itinerary of the evolution of the music of the Hebrew people until the stylistic burst of today’s liturgical Jewish music. Through this journey, the author speaks in particular of the emergence of religious poetry (piyyutim), the blooming of the great mystical movements and the great traditions of synagogue singing in Eastern Europe.

Several chosen stops make us discover the musical life of ancient Marrane communities from the South West of France, the richness of the musical heritage of Jews from Djerba, or the amazing liturgy of Jews from Ethiopia.

This book – which comes with a disc gathering archive documents and recordings by the author – offers finally methodological tools applicable to all Jewish music.

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