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Jewish Music and Modernity$
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Philip Bohlman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178326.001.0001

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THE JEWISH VILLAGE: MUSIC AT THE BORDER OF MYTH AND HISTORY

THE JEWISH VILLAGE: MUSIC AT THE BORDER OF MYTH AND HISTORY

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(p.3) CHAPTER ONE THE JEWISH VILLAGE: MUSIC AT THE BORDER OF MYTH AND HISTORY
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Jewish Music and Modernity
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Philip V. Bohlman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178326.003.0002

This chapter is the first of several in the first section of the book (“Places of Jewish Music”) that locate Jewish music on the landscapes of European modernity. Rather than treating the village as an isolated place, in which folk music was limited only to Jews, the chapter reveals processes of change and transition. Jewish folk music facilitated and was the product of border crossing, particularly from a concern with the mythical past and to an historical engagement with the present. Jewish folk music practices and repertories were vastly different across Europe, weaving vernacular languages and myths together, while conveying distinctive cultural identities. The chapter includes numerous case studies of Jewish villages in the German Rhineland, on the borders of France, Germany, and Switzerland, and in rural Moravia and Romania. The “Seven Holy Cities” (sheva kehillot) of Burgenland, border region shared by Austria and Hungary, provide at rich set of specific case studies.

Keywords:   border crossing, border region, Burgenland, folk music, myth, history, Jewish village, “Seven Holy Cities”

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