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and the interchange of liturgical musical ideas between Jews
and Gentiles over the centuries. Another book by the same
In the Choir Loft,
with musical illustrations and written
in a concise manner, is a manual for organists and choir direc-
tors in American synagogues. Published in 1957 by the Union
of American Hebrew Congregations, this 55-page textbook fills
a new and important need for study in establishing quality
levels of Jewish liturgical music performances.
An excellent textbook resource is
Harmonizing the Jewish
by Isadore Freed, published in 1958 by the Sacred Music
Press. In this 70-page handbook the late teacher, composer
and music director organized the techniques of harmony for
musicians who work with Jewish liturgy as composers, or as ac-
companists for cantorial music. This worthwhile book reveals
Freed’s life of dedication to Jewish music and his sensitive
musical talents.
Biographies of Jewish Mus ic ians
Peter Gradenwitz enlarged upon materials written in 1952
for his informative newer paperback
Music and Musicians in
published in 1959 by Leeds Publishing Co. This 226-page
book offers biographical listings and resumes of musical activities
in the State of Israel.
Expanding his collection published in 1927, Gdal Saleski
gathered more extensive biographical materials for a 716-page
Famous Musicians of Jewish Origin.
Published in 1949
by Bloch Publishing Co., this book groups the musicians ac-
cording to their professional roles, and includes many interesting
photographs. While the author has included resumes of many
musicians who are not of the Jewish faith but who have been
of “Jewish lineage,” the book is generally a reliable source for
biographical information.
Since the appearance of Saleski’s book, many individual
biographies of Jewish musicians have been published. Darius
Milhaud’s autobiography
Notes Without Music
was published
in an English translation by the publishers A. A. Knopf in 1953.
More affirmative than most biographies, Milhaud’s book not
only acknowledges his ancestry but provides some historical back-
ground for his Proven^al-Carpentras tradition of Judaism.
Among the multitude of other biographies, those of note contain-
ing specific information of Jewish interest are the lives of
Leonard Bernstein, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Jerome
Kern, Yehudi Menuhin, Yossele Rosenblatt, and Arnold Schoen-
berg. For Schoenberg, in particular, five books about his life and
work have been published within the past six years.