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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 PEOPLE WITHOUT MUSIC HISTORY: REDISCOVERING JEWISH MUSIC IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

THE PEOPLE WITHOUT MUSIC HISTORY: REDISCOVERING JEWISH MUSIC IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

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(p.35) CHAPTER TWO THE PEOPLE WITHOUT MUSIC HISTORY: REDISCOVERING JEWISH MUSIC IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
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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/9780195178326.003.0003

This chapter explores the historical meaning of Jewish music in the Mediterranean, particularly as a metaphor the historical past and the Jewish Diaspora. The Jewish music of the Mediterranean provided links to the past and presumably to a world of authenticity and origins. As modern scholars and travels began to experience Mediterranean Jewish music and to bring it in collections to Europe, they recognized that it had undergone changes. Jewish music from the Mediterranean therefore entered modern history and allowed European Jews to intensify cultural links to the Levant and to eretz yisrael, the “land of Israel.” Timelessness in Jewish music was replaced by history. The great scholarly activities of Robert Lachmann (1892–1939) and Abraham Zvi Idelsohn (1882–1938) provide the empirical material for the chapter.

Keywords:   Diaspora, eretz yisrael, history, Idelsohn, Lachmann, Levant, Mediterranean, myth

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