Conference: Magnified and Sanctified. The Music of Jewish Prayer II, 9-12 September 2019, Hannover, Germany

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September 9, 2019 to September 12, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Jewish History / Studies, Music and Music History, Religious Studies and Theology


Magnified & Sanctified - The Music of Jewish Prayer # 2

9-12 September 2019, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media

This international conference dedicated to Jewish liturgical music offers an opportunity to explore the complexity of the music of Jewish prayer in its many forms through papers, keynotes, performance sessions and workshops. This event brings together Jewish music scholars and practitioners, in a wide-ranging scope, encompassing themes such as Hebrew psalmody, Jewish melodies, the transmission of oral traditions, and synagogue composition in areas where Jewish communities have flourished across the globe and throughout the centuries.

Following the success of the first international conference devoted to the music of Jewish prayer in Leeds in 2015, you are now invited to the sequel to be held in Hannover, from Monday the 9th to Thursday the 12th of September 2019.


Conference Programme

Monday, 9 September - Ashkenazi Nusach and Prayer Modes
Venue: Neues Haus 1

11.30 13:30   Registration

1:30-2:00       Official Opening Introductions
Welcome Address by Prof. Dr. Sarah Ross, Director of the EZJM and Prof. Dr. Eckart Altenmüller, Vice President of the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media

2:00-3:30       Keynote 1. Judit Frigyesi: Life Experience and Musical Structure, or What Makes a Melody “Jewish”. Round Table Discussion with Veronika Seidlová

Session 1. Nusach and Prayer Tunes
4:00-4:30 Miranda Crowdus: The Synagogue Music of the Romaniote Jews: Challenges in Documentation and Analysis
4:30-5:00 Giula Shamilli: Avinu Malkeinu: Jewish Prayer and the Classical Traditions of the Middle Eastern Music

5:00-6:00 Parallel sessions
a)        Jalda Rebling: Workshop. T´hillim - Renewing the Old Psalmody in Our Modern Liturgy? A Work in Progress Experience
b)        Yoni Rose accompanied by Andor Izsák: Concert. From Slavery to Freedom

6:00-7:30       Reception meal

7:30-8.30       Performance Session with compositions by Daniel Katz, David Ezra Okonsar and Samuel Alman


Tuesday, 10 September - European Roots and Beyond
Venue: Senatssaal, Hindenburgstr. 2-4

Session 2. Oral and Written Traditions. Dedicated to the Memory of Victor Tunkel
9:30-10:00 Benjamin Wolf: Modal Modulation in the ‘Old Melodies’ of Marcus Hast
10:00-10:30 Benjy Fox-Rosen: The Paradox of Continuity: The Vienna Stadttempel Choir
10:30-11:00 Jeremiah Lockwood: Animating the Archive: “Golden Age” Records and Cantorial Revival in the Brooklyn Chassidic Community Today
11:00-11:30 Veronika Seidlová: Cantorial Recordings in Communist Czechoslovakia: On the Social Life of Audio Recordings of Jewish Liturgical Music from/in Prague and their “Agency"

1:30-3:00 Contemporary Synagogue Music in Germany. Round Table Discussion with Cantors in Germany

Session 3. Cantors as Composers
3:30-4:00 Malcolm Miller: Liturgy for the Concert Hall: Musical Influences in the Songs and Chamber Works of Samuel Alman (1877-1947)
4:00-4:30 Marsha Dubrow: In the Key of Female: Music and Gender in the Modern American Cantorate
4:30-5:00 Tamara Jurkić Sviben: Chief Cantor David Meisel - a Religious-Cultural Transfer of Synagogue Worship in Northern Croatia between the two World Wars

5:30-6:00       Lecture Recital. Assaf Levitin: Coplas Sefardies by Alberto Hemsi (Neues Haus 1, Lecture theatre 202)
6:00 7:00       Jeanne Zaidel Rudolf: The Power of the Nigun (Lecture theatre 202)

8.00    Conference dinner with open mic entertainment at the Liberal Jewish community


Wednesday, 11 September - The American Experience; Cultural Sustainability
Venue: Senatssaal, Hindenburgstr. 2-4

Panel 1. Education and New Rituals in American Jewish Liturgical Music
9:30-10:00 Coreen Duffy: Synagogue Music in the Secular Spotlight: Nudging Jewish Choral Repertoire Toward the Concert Canon
10:00-10:30 Lorry Black: Music of the Holocaust in Synagogue Practices
10:30-11:00 Judah Cohen: The Education Track: Debbie Friedman in Houston

11:30-12:30 Keynote 2. Mark Kligman: American Jewish Liturgical Music: European Roots and New Influences

Session 5. Women
1:30-2:00 Mili Leitner Cohen: Chodesh tov! Women and the Weaponization of Liturgy at the Kotel
2:00-2:30 Danielle Padley: The Female Voice in Anglo-Jewish Worship: Home, Holy Days and Holidays

2:30-4:00       Knowledge Café with tea/coffee – Jewish Music and Cultural Sustainability

4:30-6:30       Sightseeing tour

8:00-9:30       Public Concert. Jewish Women Composers. A concert with commentary, featuring compositions from the 19th century until today. EZJM Ensemble (Neues Haus 1, Lecture theatre 202)


Thursday, 12 September - Synagogue Music(s) in Theory and Practice
Venue: Senatssaal, Hindenburgstr. 2-4

Session 6. Composers and Works
9:30-10:00 Liran Gurkiewicz: Max Brod: Musical Narratives in Jewish Music
10:00-10:30 Sylwia Jakubczyk-Ślęczka: Liturgical Compositions of the Prewar Galician Synagogues. Modernization or Stagnation?
10:30-11:00 Hervé Roten: Psalm Recitation in the Spanish-Portuguese Rite (France): Formulation Processes and Musical Syntax

Panel 2. Manuscript and Printed Sources of 19th Century Jewish Liturgical Music in Europe
11:15-11:45 Mark Kligman: From Meshorerim to Early Choral Music of the Synagogue 1790-1840
11:45-12:15 Daniel Katz: A Chestnut, a Grape, and a Pack of Lion: A Shabbat with Cantor Shlomo, Better Known as Kashtan
12:15-12:45 Geoffrey Goldberg: The Role of the Meshorer in the Training of the Ashkenazic German Cantor and the Musical Impact of the Demise of the Meshorer-Assistant between ca. 1830–1850

2:00-3:30       Closing session


The conference is presented jointly by the European Centre for Jewish Music, Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media and the Academic Wing of the European Cantors Association.

Sponsors: Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur, Alfred Freiherr von Oppenheim Stiftung, UCLA Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at the Herb Alpert School of Music, Kulturbüro der Landeshauptstadt Hannover, Jewish Music Institute SOAS, University of London.

The conference is open to the public and admission is free. Please register by sending an e-mail to

Contact Info: 

Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
Europäisches Zentrum für Jüdische Musik
Hohenzollernstraße 39
30161 Hannover