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of this first volume of an eventually extensive series to aspects
of Jewish music history. Of particular relevance in this reference
work are chapters on music in the Bible and in the ancient
world, and a fine detailed chapter contributed by Eric Werner
on “The Music of Post-Biblical Judaism.”
Cant i l lat ion of the Bible
The Cantillation of the Bible: The Five Books of Moses,
by Solomon Rosowsky, was published in 1957 by The Recon-
structionist Press. This 669-page work is a valuable technical
analysis by the late eminent scholar and teacher of the various
tropal signs for the chanting of the Pentateuch in terms of
their musicological significance, grammatical usage and practical
musical expressions, according to the Lithuanian-Ashkenazic
tradition.
A textual guide to the chant by means of modern notation,
Biblical Chant
by Abraham W. Binder, was published in 1959
by the Philosophical Library. This 125-page book presents the
methodology in cantillation education which the author devised
after many decades of teaching this subject to rabbinical and
cantorial students. With good musical illustrations, it is a
useful educational resource.
Technical Studies
Eric Werner is a leading musicologist and a prolific author.
In 1959 the Columbia University Press published his
The Sacred
Bridge.
This 618-page volume is a technical resource for mu-
sicologists and liturgical scholars, and develops the topic of the
melodic interdependence of liturgy and music in synagogue
and in church during the first four centuries of the Common
Era. Werner has divided his book in two sections: historic-
liturgic, and musical comparisons and studies. Included is much
material previously published as scholarly essays in music jour-
nals. By means of prodigious research, he has developed a strong
case for the common origins of the liturgical music of Judaism
and Christianity.
In 1961 Oxford University Press published a folio
Hebrew
Music,
by Eric Werner, as part of a series illustrating the his-
tory of world music. This 66-page book presents a concise
morphological description of Hebrew song and chant, and was
originally published in Cologne, Germany. Werner discusses
the forms and structures of Jewish music, and also treats such
topics as Biblical cantillation, the origin of the office of
hazzan,