Jewry in Music

Jewry in Music : Entry to the Profession from the Enlightenment to Richard Wagner

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David Conway analyses why and how Jews, virtually absent from Western art music until the end of the eighteenth century, came to be represented in all branches of the profession within fifty years as leading figures - not only as composers and performers, but as publishers, impresarios and critics. His study places this process in the context of dynamic economic, political, sociological and technological changes and also of developments in Jewish communities and the Jewish religion itself, in the major cultural centres of Western Europe. Beginning with a review of attitudes to Jews in the arts and an assessment of Jewish music and musical skills, in the age of the Enlightenment, Conway traces the story of growing Jewish involvement with music through the biographies of the famous, the neglected and the forgotten, leading to a radical contextualisation of Wagner's infamous 'Judaism in Music'.show more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 14 b/w illus. 1 table 10 music examples
  • 1139216562
  • 9781139216562

Table of contents

1. 'Whatever the reasons'; 2. 'Eppes Rores - can a Jew be an artist?; 3. In the midst of many people: musical Europe: The Netherlands, England, Austria, Germany, France; 4. Jewry in music; more

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'An excellent book ...' Music Matters, BBC Radio 3 '[It] brings together three strands of research all too often kept separate; music history, Jewish history and the wider religious, social, political and economic context.' The Jewish Chronicle '... [a] thoroughly engrossing book, recommended to both musician and historian.' Classical Music 'Conway's book is an impressive feat, and a fine contribution to an ongoing debate.' The Wagner Journalshow more