Title

Russian-Jewish Art Music: The Voice of a People

Type of Submission

Performance

Campus Venue

Dixon Ministry Center, Recital Hall

Location

Cedarville, OH

Start Date

4-10-2013 3:40 PM

End Date

4-10-2013 4:00 PM

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Abstract:

Every culture has a distinct way of communicating their core values, beliefs and history, and for many cultures, music plays a vital role in this communication. The Jewish people have a rich heritage marked by very distinct traditions, values and beliefs which are communicated in what has come to be known as "Jewish Art Music." This is music composed in the Western-Russian classical idiom which utilizes distinctly Jewish elements. A deeper understanding of this music will give outsiders a better understanding into the culture and heritage of the Jewish people. This paper explores the characteristics of Jewish music, particularly that music composed in the Eastern European tradition. Much of the traditional music of the Jewish people has had a religious context and is a reflection of their collective culture and its interaction with the cultures of the nations into which they have emigrated. This paper looks specifically at the founding and development of the Society for Jewish Folk Music, which was an organization founded in Russia in 1908. It examines the interplay between the creation of a distinctly "Jewish" style and how that has interacted with the Russian classical tradition. This paper looks specifically at the founding and development of the Society for Jewish Folk Music. While the society itself had a short life, it had wide-spread effects, moving to Moscow, Poland, Austria, Palestine, and the United States. This style of music is largely representative of a rise in Jewish nationalism which began to grow in Russia near the end of the 1800s. Musical nationalism played a large role in this Jewish cultural renewal. In this paper, I examine the interplay between the creation of a distinctly "Jewish" style of music and the idea of Jewish musical nationalism.

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Russian-Jewish Art Music: The Voice of a People

Cedarville, OH