Jews and Trouvères

Jewish songs in the 13th century in old French and Hebrew

From the collection MUSICAL HERITAGE OF THE JEWS FROM FRANCE, Vol 12)

Read two articles edited in september 2015 about this CD (in French)
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This 12th CD of the collection Patrimoines musicaux des Juifs de France is dedicated to religious and festive songs from the Jewish communities based in the North of France (Flanders, Picardy, Artois, Champagne…) in the second half of the 13th century.

Shalfu tzarim
El-givat-ha-levona - chanson de mariage
Ne puis ma grant joie celer - chanson de Jacob
Deror yiqra - chanson de chabbat


During this harsh period that is between the burning of the Talmud (1242-1244) and the big expulsion of 1306, the Jewish people have the same way of living, and the same language as the Christians. They also have in common the same taste for books, monuments, fairs, joy of living and popular songs.
The songs from the Jewish communities of that time reflects the day to day life of the Jews, and their happy and sad events that rhythm their lives. We hear the vocal expression of a population, keeper of its rituals and traditions, but nevertheless totally integrated in its environment, and talking in Oïl language; only the prayers, liturgical poems and studies remain in Hebrew.

In the books and manuscripts that have come to us, all the poems, in French and in Hebrew

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  • Shalfu tzarim

  • El-givat-ha-levona - chanson de mariage

  • Ne puis ma grant joie celer - chanson de Jacob

  • Deror yiqra - chanson de chabbat

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