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date: 04 December 2020

Jewish musiclocked

  • Edwin Seroussi,
  • Joachim Braun,
  • Eliyahu Schleifer,
  • Uri Sharvit,
  • Sara Manasseh,
  • Theodore Levin,
  • Tang Yating,
  • Kay Kaufman Shelemay,
  • Jehoash Hirshberg,
  • Philip V. Bohlman,
  • Israel J. Katz,
  • Bret Werb,
  • Walter Zev Feldman,
  • Don Harrán,
  • Alexander Knapp,
  • David Bloch
  •  and Emily Thwaite


This article concerns the traditional liturgical and non-liturgical music of the various Jewish communities worldwide, the contribution of Jewish performers and composers within their surrounding non-Jewish societies, and the musical culture of ancient Israel/Palestine. For a discussion of music in the modern state of Israel, see Israel.

Three Hebrew transliteration systems are employed throughout: one for the main body of the text and the bibliography; and two sub-systems to represent the distinctive pronunciations of the Jews of Yemen and Iraq. When musical examples have been reprinted from secondary sources the original transliteration has been preserved.

Edwin Seroussi

‘Jewish music’ as a concept emerged among Jewish scholars and musicians only in the mid-19th century with the rise of modern national consciousness among European Jews, and since then all attempts to define it have faced many difficulties. The term ‘Jewish music’ in its nation-oriented sense was first coined by German or German-trained Jewish scholars, among whom the most influential in this respect was A.Z. Idelsohn (...

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