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The music libel against the Jews

Author: Ruth HaCohen
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This deeply imaginative and wide-ranging book shows how, since the first centuries of the Christian era, gentiles have associated Jews with noise. Ruth HaCohen focuses her study on a "musical libel"--A variation on the Passion story that recurs in various forms and cultures in which an innocent Christian boy is killed by a Jew in order to silence his "harmonious musicality." In paying close attention to how and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth HaCohen
ISBN: 9780300167788 0300167784 9780300194777 0300194773
OCLC Number: 711045613
Language Note: English.
Description: xvi, 507 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : Vocal fictions of noise and harmony --
Reciprocated rituals and noisy encounters : music libels and their antidotes --
Rethinking and enacting sympathetic worlds : the eighteenth-century oratorical legacies of Bach, Lessing, and Handel --
Noise in the house of prayer : ethnography transfigured --
"Jews (and Jewesses) like you and me" : vocal imaginaries of Mendelssohn, Meyerbeer, Heine, and Halévy --
The Judengasse synagogue versus the Temple of the Grail : motives of sympathy and redemptive modes in Daniel Deronda and Parsifal --
The aesthetic theology of multivocality : Arnold Schoenberg among alter egos --
The end : essentializing Jewish noise in Nazi movies --
Epilogue : Reflections on the intersecting boundaries of voice and community --
Appendix of music examples.
Responsibility: Ruth HaCohen.

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