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Synagogue song : an introduction to concepts, theories and customs

Author: Jonathan L Friedmann
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book introduces theoretical approaches to the study of Jewish sacred music. Major topics include the diversity of Jewish music, the interaction of music and identity, the emotional and spiritual impact of worship music, the text-tone relationship, the musical component of Jewish holidays, and the varied ways prayer-songs are performed"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan L Friedmann
ISBN: 9780786470617 0786470615
OCLC Number: 770876273
Description: vii, 195 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: I. Foundations, Functions and Figures --
What Is Sacred Music? --
Music and Civilization --
Most Ancient Ritual --
Musical Supervisors --
Community and Liturgy --
Sacred Time, Sacred Sound --
Practical Functions of Synagogue Music --
Resonant World --
Singing Metaphysics --
Sanctification --
Music as Language --
Beauty in Sacred Song --
Some Thoughts on "Traditional" Synagogue Music --
Creating a Synagogue Musical Tradition --
Development of Jewish Music Traditions --
Judging Synagogue Song --
Problems of Meaning --
Conformity and Survival --
Charismatic Tunes --
Jewish Youth and Musical Change --
Nusach Variations --
Sacred Classics --
Sing a New Song --
Musical Layers --
Shir Koddesh --
Instruments of Worship --
Richard Dawkins and Synagogue Song --
Darwin, Heschel, Music, and Marriage --
Liturgical Hits --
Legacy of Jack Gottlieb --
II. Spirituality, Emotions and Identity --
Religion, Emotion and Music --
Divine Lover of Music --
To Edify and Glorify --
Six Songs in the Hebrew Bible --
Music, Prayer and Concentration --
Instrument Divine --
Singing Is Believing --
From Heart to Heart --
Moods, Modes and Musical Meaning --
Mystery and Melody --
Singing, Health and Prayer --
Heart and Mind --
Serving God with Joy --
Niggunim and Augustine --
Holy Noises --
Songs Without Words --
Hymns of Praise --
Stereotyping Synagogue Sounds --
Singing for Joy --
Being the Music --
Absolute Music, Absolute Worship --
Fight Songs and Fighting Words --
Musical Taste, Musical Fact --
Ethnicity in Jewish Music --
Historicism and Futurism --
Music and the Mitzvah of Nostalgia --
Musical Minhag --
Identity and Memory --
Performing Identity --
Diversity and Balance --
III. Holidays and Liturgy --
Shabbat Singing --
Music and the Moods of Shabbat --
Opening Songs on Shabbat --
Vayekhulu and the Renewal of Time --
Reinterpretation Through Song --
Thanksgiving Every Week --
Modern Origins of an "Ancient" Tune --
Springtime and the Song of Songs --
Song of Redemption --
Sound of the Sea --
Akdamut and the Power of Song --
Songs of Renewal --
Moses, Music and Eurocentrism --
Curious Case of Kol Nidrei --
Sound of Sincerity --
Rejoicing in Torah --
Songs of Victory and Light --
Maoz Tzur Melody: Sacred or Sinful? --
Making Noise --
Music, Midrash and Megillah --
Tension and Release --
Aleinu: Its Storied Past and Sacred Melodies --
Adon Olam: Master of the World --
Myth of Ein Keloheinu --
Religious Roots of Hava Nagila --
IV. Cantors, Choirs and Congregations --
Cantor at the Center of the World --
Singing and Prophecy --
Cantors and Levites --
More Than a Voice --
Cantorial Ideal --
Cantor's Prayer --
Cantors, Rabbis, Hitters and Pitchers --
Choir in Jewish History --
Music of Heaven on Earth --
Unity, Participation and the Choral Experience --
From Choir to Congregation --
Why Congregations Sing --
Blended Sound --
Limits of Congregational Singing --
Good and Friendly Music.
Responsibility: Jonathan L. Friedmann.

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"This book introduces theoretical approaches to the study of Jewish sacred music. Major topics include the diversity of Jewish music, the interaction of music and identity, the emotional and spiritual impact of worship music, the text-tone relationship, the musical component of Jewish holidays, and the varied ways prayer-songs are performed"--Provided by publisher.

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