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and the Dispersions, as well as the post-exilic rise of liturgical
music for the synagogue services. Although this book is not
a scholarly reference work, it is interestingly presented for the
layman, and offers many of Sendrey’s intriguing ideas con-
cerning early Jewish musicians and their poetry, songs, instru-
ments and dances.
A book treating events and figures of Eastern Europe and
America,
The Modern Renaissance of Jewish Music
by Albert
Weisser, was published in 1954 by Bloch Publishing Co. The
author supplies good background information on the last bios-
soming years of a Jewish epoch and on the lives of many out-
standing music figures. This 175-page book is especially interest-
ing as a chronicle of the activities of those Russian-Jewish
musicians who immigrated to this country and labored here on
behalf of a new American-Jewish music movement.
Jews in Music
by Artur Holde was published in 1959 by the
Philosophical Library. This 364-page book is an engrossing
survey of sacred and secular musical activities from the early
19tl1 century to the present era. Included is a compilation of
many articles and reviews which appeared originally in the
German-American Jewish newspaper
Aufbau,
for which the
late author was the music critic. Highlighted in this collection
are many significant Jewish musicians, and notably, many
martyred Europeans whose records of musical achievements
might otherwise have been overlooked by the general public.
Voice of a People: Yiddish Folksong
by Ruth Rubin was
published in 1963 by Thomas Yoseloff. It presents with an
informative commentary only the poetic texts, in transliterated
Yiddish and with sensitive English translations, of five hundred
songs. Divided topically to cover all the varied aspects of Jew-
ish life and history in the ghettos of Eastern Europe, this
496-page book also includes some recent song texts of Soviet
Jewry. While the absence of melody lines limits the book as
a musical resource, it is nevertheless an important collection
by a dedicated Jewish folklorist.
Over the past two decades feature articles, reviews and scholar-
ly papers treating topics of Jewish musical scope have ap-
peared in all the leading musical periodicals of this country
and abroad. Israeli musicians have been prolific in their con-
tributions to world-wide publications. Extended essays on Jew-
ish musical subjects have also formed part of larger published
volumes which deal with musical history and current activities
in the music world. These materials have been prepared by
non-Jewish as well as by Jewish writers.
The New Oxford History
of Music: Volume One,
edited by Egon Wellesz and published
by the Oxford University Press in 1957, devotes several sections