EVENT: Lecture "When Music Came to the Synagogue, and What That Says About Jewish Identity" (November 18, 2021)

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November 18, 2021
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Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Classical Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies





Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies – University of Hartford


 When Music Came to the Synagogue, and What That Says About Jewish Identity



Indiana University

Professor of Music




Around the turn of the nineteenth century, several factors transformed the sounds of prayer into “music.” Case studies from both Central Europe and America will highlight efforts by Christian scholars to translate Jewish chant into a musical form; efforts by Jewish singers to notate a core repertoire of compositions attributed to famous predecessors; the normalization of synagogue-centered art music; and efforts in the broader community to bring religious song to the masses as part of a tolerant society. By 1840, these initiatives (and others) had given rise to a concept of “Jewish music” that we still use: a flexible mode of expression that brought aesthetic value to Jewish spirituality, and allowed for rapid recharacterization of Jewish tradition and identity as the times called for it.

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*Made possible by Rose and Arthur Fallmann Fund  


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