Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32 : Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands

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With its five thematic sections covering genres from cantorial to classical to klezmer, this pioneering multi-disciplinary volume presents rich coverage of the work of musicians of Jewish origin in the Polish lands. It opens with the musical consequences of developments in Jewish religious practice: the spread of hasidism in the eighteenth century meant that popular melodies replaced traditional cantorial music, while the greater
acculturation of Jews in the nineteenth century brought with it synagogue choirs. Jewish involvement in popular culture included performances for the wider public, Yiddish songs and the Yiddish theatre, and contributions of many different sorts---technical and commercial as well as creative---in the interwar years. Chapters on the classical music scene cover Jewish musical institutions, organizations, and education; individual composers and musicians; and a consideration of music and Jewish national identity. One section is devoted to the Holocaust as reflected in Jewish music, and the final section deals with the afterlife of Jewish musical creativity in Poland, particularly the resurgence of interest in klezmer music. The essays in this collection do not attempt to to define what may well be undefinable---what 'Jewish music' is. Rather, they provide an original and much-needed exploration of the activities and creativity of 'musicians of the Jewish faith'.
CONTRIBUTORS: Eliyana R. Adler, Michael Aylward, Slawomir Dobrzanski, Paula
Eisenstein-Baker, Beth Holmgren, Sylwia Jakubczyk-Sleczka, Daniel Katz, James
Loeffler, Michael Lukin, Filip Mazurczak, Bozena Muszkalska, Julia Riegel, Ronald
Robboy, Robert Rothstein, Joel E. Rubin, Adam J. Sacks, Amanda (Miryem-Khaye)
Seigel, Eleanor Shapiro, Carla Shapreau, Tamara Sztyma, Bella
Szwarcman-Czarnota, Joseph Toltz, Maja Trochimczyk, Magdalena Waligorska, Bret
Werb, Akiva Zimmerman
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 368.32g
  • The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • 27 Printed music items; 29 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1906764743
  • 9781906764746
  • 36,299

Table of contents

Introduction



Francois Guesnet, Benjamin Matis,
and Antony Polonsky



PART I. CANTORIAL AND RELIGIOUS MUSIC



A Chestnut, a Grape, and a Pack of Lions: A
Shabbos in Plock with a Popular Synagogue Singer in the Early Nineteenth
Century



Daniel Katz



Moshe
Koussevitzky (1899-1966) in Vilna, Warsaw, and Russia



Akiva Zimmerman



The
Art of Cantorial Singing in the Polish Territories



Bozena Muszkalska



PART II. JEWS IN POPULAR MUSICAL CULTURE IN
POLAND



Musical
Afterthoughts on Shmeruk's Mayufes



Bret Werb



Servant Romances: Eighteenth-Century Yiddish
Lyric and Narrative Folk Songs



Michael Lukin



Broder
Singers: Forerunners of the Yiddish Theatre



Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel



Gimpel's Theatre, Lwow: The Sounds of a
Popular Yiddish Theatre Preserved on Gramophone Records, 1904-1913



Michael Aylward



The Polish Tin Pan Alley-A Jewish Street



Robert Rothstein



On
the Dance Floor, on the Screen, on the Stage. Popular Music in the Interwar
Period: Polish, Jewish, Shared



Tamara Sztyma



The
Jews in the Band: Anders Army's Special Troupes



Beth Holmgren



Szpilman, Bajgelman, and Barsht: The Legacy of an Extended Polish Jewish
Klezmer Family



Joel E. Rubin



Wladyslaw
Szpilman's Post-War Career in Poland



Filip Mazurczak



Abraham Ellstein's Film Scores: Some Less
Obvious Sources



Ronald Robboy



PART
III. JEWS IN THE POLISH CLASSICAL MUSIC SCENE



The 'Lust Machine': Recording and Selling the
Jewish Nation in the Late Russian Empire



James
Loeffler



Leo
Zeitlin and the Flourishing of Jewish Art Music in Early 1920s Vilna



Paula Eisenstein-Baker



'Jewish musicians
are the crowning achievements of foreign nations': Jewish Identity and Yiddish Nationalism in the Writings of
Menachem Kipnis



Julia Riegel



Ostbahnhof
Berlin: Jewish Music Students of East European Origin at the Berlin Conservatory,
1918-1933



Adam J. Sacks



Jewish Music Institutions and
Organizations in Interwar Galicia



Sylwia Jakubczyk-Sleczka



Jewish Composers of Polish Music
after 1939: A Story in Lists and Numbers



Maja Trochimczyk



Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern's
American Years



Slawomir Dobrzanski



PART IV. THE HOLOCAUST REFLECTED IN JEWISH
MUSIC



'My song,
you are my strength': Personal Repertories of Polish and Yiddish Songs from Young
Survivors of the Lodz Ghetto



Joseph Toltz



Singing
Their Way Home



Eliyana R. Adler



The Nazi-Era Confiscation of Wanda
Landowska's Musical Collection and Its Aftermath



Carla
Shapreau



Music as a 'Paper Bridge' between Generations
before and after the Holocaust



Bella
Szwarcman-Czarnota



PART
V. KLEZMER IN POLAND TODAY



The Klezmer Revival in Poland as a Contact Zone



Magdalena Waligorska



The Sound of Change: Performing
'Jewishness' in Small Polish Towns



Ellie Shapiro
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About François Guesnet

Francois Guesnet is Reader in Modern Jewish History in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London and specializes in the early modern and nineteenth-century history of Polish Jews. Benjamin Matis is the spiritual leader of Agudath Achim Synagogue in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He qualified as a cantor and a Master of Sacred Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Antony Polonsky is Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw. He is the author of the three-volume History of the Jews in Poland and Russia, published in an abridged paperback version as The Jews in Poland and Russia: A Short History.
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