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Music in the Jewish Community of Palestine 1880-1948
Jehoash Hirshberg
0198166516
Dec 1997
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Book Description
This book presents a social history of the music of the Jewish community in Palestine from the beginnings of Jewish immigration to Palestine in 1880 to the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948. The story is a fascinating case study of a small society of immigrants and refugees who
established an internationally recognized professional musical establishment against the backdrop of two world wars, the absorption of successive waves of immigrants, local skirmishes, and a full-scale national war. Though under Ottoman and later British rule, Jewish society in Palestine was
virtually autonomous in cultural matters; its musical culture struggled for a balance between a transplanted European heritage and a powerful, ideologically driven desire to find inspiration from the East. Hirshberg opens with a description...


Bar Mitzvah Disco: The Music May Have Stopped, but the Party's Never Over
Roger Bennett
1400080444
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The Jewish rite of passage into adulthood is more than simply a ritual, according to Bennett, Shell and Kroll. The bar and bat mitzvahs of their youth evoke reminiscences that had been "left to languish in suburban rec rooms and the darker recesses of our memories—the unmistakable smell of the smoke machine... and the sound of Lionel Richie." This collection of essays and photos is the offshoot of their Web site of the same name, on which they solicited photos from the late 1960s through the 1980s displaying the peculiarities of their times. The book is structured as a professionally photographed bar mitzvah album, starting with awkward portraits and ending with the requisite "waving good-bye" shot. In between, the authors give short, humorous recollections of each aspect of the event, from the elaborately...


Bloch, Schoenberg, and Bernstein
David Schiller
0198167113
May 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
David Schiller's study of the Jewish music of Bloch, Schoenberg, and Bernstein reveals how, in the mid-twentieth century, the problem of assimilation was acutely felt as the unfinished business of European Jewry, at a time when American Jewry was creating its own distinctive culture (albeit
with European roots). This incisive study sheds new light on an important aspect of the cultural and aesthetic achievements of these seminal Jewish composers.


The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions: Readings, Rituals, Music, Dances, Speeches, and Toasts
Carley Roney
0767902483
December 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
When planning for the big day, it's very easy to get caught up in beaded white dresses, boutonnieres, and how many platters of mini crab cakes to order, but the most important part of the wedding is the most-often overlooked--the ceremony itself. A wedding ceremony can vary hugely depending on the religious (or not) beliefs of the couple, their cultural backgrounds, and their personal preferences. The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions can help you sort through all the choices and come up with just the right vows and music for you and your intended.

Do you want the traditional "I, so and so, take thee, so and so, to be my lawfully wedding husband/wife before God" or do you want a looser style: "I love you. And I look forward to being your friend and companion, your wife/husband and lover for life"? Carley Roney,...



The Complete Jewish Songbook : The Definitive Collection of Jewish Songs
Richard, et al
0807408212
October 1, 2002
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Book Description
350 of the most popular songs from all of Jewish traditions, with Hebrew texts, English translations and transliterated lyrics.


The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival
Mona Golabek, Lee Cohen
0446690279
November 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
One of 10,000 Jewish children sent to England by fearful parents at the dawn of WWII, aspiring pianist Lisa Jura was 14 when her family put her on a Kindertransport train in Vienna. In this alternately heart-wrenching and uplifting story, Jura's daughter, Golabek, a pianist, and writer Cohen trace the six years Jura spent in London, where she found surrogate families in the 31 other young refugees at the Willesden Lane hostel, and in the working-class British women at the East End garment factory that employed her. The authors beautifully capture Jura's passion for music and her determination to realize her dream of becoming a concert pianist. Her quest to win a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music seems to inject hope into everyone with whom she comes into contact: the hostel owner provides her with a piano...


Tenement Songs
Mark Slobin
025206562X
Dec 1995
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Moon Music
Faye Kellerman
0380726262
July 1999
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
In Moon Music Faye Kellerman turns her attention from the streets of Los Angeles, where her previous novels were set, to the casinos of Las Vegas. A mutilated body of a young woman is discovered in the desert and Detective Sergeant Romulus Poe sets out to determine who could have committed the murder and the brutal desecration that followed. His team of investigators include the tall and lusty Steve Jensen, novice Patricia Deluca, and medical examiner Rukmani Kalil. The relations between the four are complex and add depth to this tale of deadly dealings: Poe carries a torch for Jensen's mentally troubled wife and knows of his colleague's philandering; Kalil and Poe are engaged in an off-again, on-again affair. Although collectively they feel as though they are making progress in the case, another similarly mutilated corpse...


Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany
Martin Goldsmith
0471078646
August 2001
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Book Review
Writing this book must have required enormous courage; reading it is overwhelming, especially for anyone personally connected to the events it describes. Martin Goldsmith, best known as the host of NPR's Performance Today, is the American-born son of two German-Jewish musicians who escaped the Holocaust. He anchors the Holocaust to the story of his own family, whom he never knew because most of them perished in Hitler's death camps. Goldsmith accompanies them through their lives in Nazi Germany, with its ever-tightening persecution and repression of the Jews, and on their nightmarish journey to the gas chambers. He follows his parents through their early musical training, their blossoming love, courtship, and marriage--making them seem like a normal, happy young couple--to their miraculous rescue and escape to America.

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The Resource Book of Jewish Music
Irene Heskes
0313232512
Apr 1985
Hardcover
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Review
“Selection of the 1,220 entries in this bibliography is broadly based on an overview of Jewish music throughout the world and from ancient times to the present. Compiler Irene Heskes has ... restricted her field to English-language publications and music collections that use romanized Yiddish and Hebrew texts. Sections include ones on reference materials, books, articles, periodicals devoted to Jewish music, instruction and performance resources, and anthologies of Jewish music. Entries within the classifications are arranged alphabetically by author and are consecutively numbered. Useful annotations are descriptive rather than evaluative. A glossary of Judaica and author and topical indexes all contribute to a worthy bibliographical tool for musicians and others interested in the Jewish musical...


Passport to Jewish Music
Irene Heskes
0313280355
June 1994
Hardcover
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Choice
"...all of the essays are concise and well written and, highly accessible. A broad spectrum of readers will find this work useful."

Review
“...all of the essays are concise and well written and, highly accessible. A broad spectrum of readers will find this work useful.”–Choice
“This work fulfills overwhelmingly the promise of its title, being an exhaustive examination of the history, form and meaning of Jewish musical traditions. Passport to Jewish Music takes the reader beyond the potentially pedantic historical delineation to a wealth of information on "tradition and history, liturgy, and folklore, custom and artistry." For that reason it stands as a potential reference work not only in music, but in ethnography, religion, and biography as well. Highly...


Discovering Jewish Music
Marsha Bryan Edelman
082760727X
June 2003
Hardcover
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Choice, December 2003
"This is an excellent source for the beginner or lay reader. Recommended."

Book Description
From ancient biblical music to the modern Israeli pop scene, Discovering Jewish Music charts the evolution of Jewish music through the ages. Edelman begins 3,000 years ago, with a discussion of music in the Bible, and moves on to examine the nature of folk songs and liturgy hymns from the Diaspora, then takes us up to the 20th century, highlighting Jewish music in North America and Israel, including the general popularity of many of today’s Bar Mitzvah favorites, like "Hava Nagila." The author explains musical terms in a way that is understandable to those unfamiliar with the terminology; at the same time, students of music will appreciate the book’s juxtaposition of...


Song of Names
Norman Lebrecht
1400034892
February 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this highly entertaining and accomplished first novel by a well-known English journalist and music critic, two men who became friends as children in London during WWII are reunited after 40 years. In 1939, nine-year-old Martin Simmonds meets Dovidl Rapoport, a violin prodigy the same age. Martin's father is a music impresario, and when Dovidl is sent by his Polish parents to study in England, he offers the boy lodging in his own home. Dovidl and Martin quickly become best friends. Dovidl's parents perish in the Holocaust; then, in 1951, Dovidl-his name changed to the more palatable Eli-is about to embark on a career as a concert virtuoso when he disappears on the day of his debut. Martin becomes obsessed with his friend's disappearance, and after decades of searching finally finds him in a dreary town in the...


The Music of the Bible Revealed: The Deciphering of a Millenary Notation
Suzanne Haik-Vantoura, et al
094103710X
January 1991
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Book Description
This is a translation by Dennis Weber, edited by John Wheeler and jointly published with King David's Harp, in which a noted French musicologist argues that the accentual system preserved in the Masoretic Text was originally a method of recording hand signals ("chironomy") by which temple musicians were directed in the performance of music. She explains her reconstruction of these notations which has allowed her and her students to perform haunting and beautiful music around the world using only the Hebrew text as a score. You'll need to be a musician to follow all of her discussion, but anyone interested in the Bible and the implications of a text that can be played on musical instruments will find the overall discussion fascinating. "This book is thought-provoking and controversial." Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly ...


Sacred Sound and Social Change: Liturgical Music in Jewish and Christian Experience
Janet R. Walton (Editor)
0268017468
January 1992
Textbook Paperback
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From Chantre to Djak
Robert B. Klymasz
0660178346
Mar 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
The performance of sacred song often involves the talents of cantors, chanters, precentors, and criers--also known as chantres, djaky, psalom-shchniki, hazanim, protopsalti, and muezzins. The present volume explores this unique class of musicians from a variety of perspectives to offer the first survey of its kind. Folklorists join with ethnomusicologists, cantors, and enthusiasts to illuminate the many facets of this rich, living tradition.

Language Notes
Text: English, French

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Jewish Music
Ronald H. Isaacs
0765759667
Apr 1997
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Book Description
Jewish Music: Its History, People, and Song details the importance of instrumental and vocal music to the Jewish people. Rabbi Ronald Isaacs surveys Jewish history and provides a broad study of music in Jewish life.


Sarah Bernhardt : The Art of High Drama (Published in Association with the Jewish Museum, New York S.)
Carol Ockman, et al
0300109199
December 2, 2005
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Book Description
Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923) was an extraordinary performer, so much so that her name became synonymous with acting. Yet her importance extended beyond the world of theater—she was an icon of French nationalism, a target of both admiration and scorn, an artist and sculptor, and a trendsetting avatar of style. This fascinating book examines the many sides and talents of Bernhardt, from her beginnings at the Comédie Française through her international stardom. Wonderfully illustrated, the book features an unprecedented collection of images relating to Bernhardt’s life, including paintings, posters, photographs, costumes, jewelry, stage designs, self-portraits, and sculptures.
Bernhardt orchestrated a brilliant sixty-year career as an actress and entrepreneur, becoming a revered patriotic...


Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey, and the Last Great Showbiz Party
Shawn Levy
0385495765
July 1999
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Book Review
If you're not inclined to read individual biographies of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., Shawn Levy's Rat Pack Confidential is a perfect one-stop resource. Less a group biography than a series of impressionistic snapshots, the book is loaded with can't-miss material--the dirt on the making of Ocean's Eleven, information about Sinatra's wild stint as a casino owner, deep background on Peter Lawford's habit of introducing Jack Kennedy to glamorous starlets, wiretap transcripts of mobsters Sam Giancana and Johnny Formosa discussiong Dean Martin's lack of respect.

Levy, whose previous book, King of Comedy, is a serious consideration of Jerry Lewis's life and career, offers similarly well considered insights into the members of the Rat Pack. He covers Davis's lifelong struggle against racism and the...



Judaism in Music and Other Essays
Richard Wagner, William Ashton Ellis (Translator)
0803297661
June 1995
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German


The Skills to Pay the Bills: The Story of the Beastie Boys
Alan Light
0609604783
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
New York rock-rappers the Beastie Boys have seized a remarkable place in music history, as world-famous pop stars, as white MCs and as one of the influential first wave of groups that broke hip-hop, albeit their own special brand of it, into the mainstream charts in the early 1980s. Unfortunately, the group's importance is what makes this shallow, topical effort from former Rolling Stone writer Light so disappointing. For all the great music and groundbreaking pop culture history made by these three Jewish kids (Adam Yauch, Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond), Light's oral history, supposedly based on many years of the author's own interviews, frustratingly boils down more than two decades' worth of innovation and originality into less than 200 pages of quotations. That's not to say that the book doesn't have some...


Chanukah Favorites
Robert Schultz
0769286771
Aug 1999
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Book Description
Arranger/Educator Robert Schultz has compiled and arranged a super collection of Chanukah songs for Easy Piano. Al Hanisim, Baruch Shel Chanukah, Hanerot Halalu, I Have A Little Dreydl, Lichvod Hachanukah, Maoz Tzur (Rock Of Ages), Mi Y'malel (Who Can Retell), My Candles, S'vivon and Y'mey Hachanukah are all included in this fine collection.


Jewish Songs Old and New
Hal Leonard Pub Corp
079355182X
Oct 1986
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Book Description
A collection of 18 traditional songs sung at services in the Synagogue, popular songs associated with the Jewish people and a few novelties complete this delightful collection. Songs include: Hatikva * Havah Nagilah * If I Were A Rich Man * more.


Prayers for the Dead
Faye Kellerman
0380726246
July 1997
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Dr. Azor Moses Sparks is an extremely esteemed heart surgeon, a devout fundamentalist Christian, a cyclist, a friend of biker gangs; a friend to all. Until he is found dead in an alley with his chest ripped open, that is. Where does one go to begin in the investigation of a man who had no enemies? Lt. Peter Decker starts with the man's family, which he discovers is large and filled with strife and unstable characters. He also finds some problems in his own affairs, mostly involving religious beliefs--his own, those of his Orthodox Jewish wife and those of a Roman Catholic priest who plays a prominent role in the multilayered thriller. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
Powerful, assured and absorbing, Kellerman's ninth...


Songs of the Seder : A Music Book to Accompany the Passover Haggadah, Second Edition
Judith S. Rubenstein, Howard S. Rubenstein
0963888617
August 1, 2000
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San Diego Jewish Press Heritage
"fills a great need...a gem of a book"

Book Description
This compact and conveniently sized volume contains the music and lyrics of 23 Passover seder songs, prayers, and chants, and presents them in the order in which they appear in the seder. The book can therefore accompany any haggadah. The book contains traditional and contemporary melodies. The lyrics are in transliteration of Hebrew or Aramaic and also in English. The arrangements are in keys that are easy to sing and play, with chords for piano and guitar. Companion recordings, entitled "Songs of the Seder" by Judy Rubenstein, are available on CD and cassette.

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Time of Our Singing
Richard Powers
0312422180
December 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
In some respects, Richard Powers's The Time of Our Singing is just a big, absorbing drama about an American family, with the typical ingredients of an immigrant parent and some social obstacles--in this case, a biracial marriage in the Civil Rights era--to be overcome by the talented children. But Powers's lyrical gifts lift this material far above its familiar subject matter. His descriptions of music alone will transport the reader. The Strom family were raised with this common language: "Our parents' Crazed Quotations game played on the notion that every moment's tune had all history's music box for its counterpoint. On any evening in Hamilton Heights, we could jump from organum to atonality without any hint of all the centuries that had died fiery deaths between them." The central figure of this novel is the dazzling...


International Jewish Fkbk with CD with CD (Audio)
Velvel Pasternak
0793591295
Sept 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
An instant Jewish music library, packed with the most popular Jewish songs of the 20th century. Divided into six categories: Songs of Israel, Songs In Yiddish, Sephardic and Ladino, Songs in English, Sabbath and Holidays, and Hassidic and Liturgical, in a beautiful, Deluxe hardbound book. Also available with a 70-minute companion compact disc re-digitized and remastered from the original artists recordings. Hardcover.


Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew Poems.
Bernard Lewis (Translator)
0691089280
October 1, 2001
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Edited and translated by Lewis, a well-known scholar of Arabic culture, this collection of 132 "classical" Middle Eastern poems dating from the seventh to the 18th centuries reveals the extensive heritage of Islamic poetry. The poems are divided into Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew "rich and ancient" cultures that "reflect a wide variety of approaches and activities, from the pagan desert to the Muslim city." Showing how Islamic culture from antiquity has been composed of interrelated, "multiracial" groups, Lewis's erudite introduction discusses the emergence of Arabic languages and the status of poets and pays tribute to "the love of poetry and respect for poetry characteristic of Arab culture." Of various ethnicities, 54 predominantly male poets (Omar Khayyam and Rumi are the most familiar)...

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