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RUBIN — LITERATURE ON JEWI SH MUSIC
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many-sidedness of the problem and the complexities involved in
investigating it scientifically.
Another paper by George Herzog, entitled “The Work of A. Z.
Idelsohn in the Light of Modern Research” (
Jewish Music Forum
Bulletin
, 1941), presents a concise evaluation of Idelsohn’s contri-
butions to comparative Jewish musicology in the light of certain
scientific advances since Idelsohn’s death. Both papers are pre-
sented in a concrete, concise manner and are very worthy of study.
Music and the Scriptures
by I. E. Reynolds (Nashville, Tenn.,
Broadman Press, 1942) contains all the references to music in the
Bible, classified under various headings.
Music of the Hebrews
by the Rev. W. O. E. Oesterley is an
interesting and basic essay, which is included in the introductory
volume of the
Oxford History of Music
(London, 1929), and pre-
sents a general survey of the music of the Jews in ancient times.
Rev. Oesterley points out that it is necessary to seek data from
among the surrounding peoples of Egypt, Assyria, Arabia, etc.
Famous Musicians of a Wandering Race
by Gdal Saleski (New
York, Bloch, 1927) suffers occasionally from stylistic and struc-
tural weaknesses. I t is nevertheless the only introduction in
the English language to many famous Jewish musicians.
The Jewish Music Journal
, edited by Jacob Beimel, during 1934
and 1935, contains many illuminating articles on various aspects
and problems of Jewish music.
The Reconstructionist
includes a department conducted by
Judith K. Eisenstein, under the heading of “Music Notes,” which
furnishes informative editorials and items on composers, books,
records, pertaining to Jewish musical life in the United States.
Similarly, the
Chicago Music Forum
contains articles by Leon
Stein on such topics as “Hassidic Music” (Fall 1943), “The
Identity of Jewish Music” (Spring 1943), “Jewish Music Today”
(Summer 1945), “The Problem of Ernest Bloch” (Fall 1945), etc.
“Jewish Music on Records” by Kurt List
{Commentary
, Sept.
1946) analyzes recent recordings of Jewish music.
Of course, all religious encyclopedias contain articles on Jewish
music. Practically all of them, however, especially those appearing
in issues published in the 19th and early 20th centuries, deal
primarily with biblical music. I will therefore list here some
articles published in more recent encyclopedias and musical die-
tionaries, which embrace not only ancient, but also modern and
even contemporary Jewish music.
“Jewish Music” by A. Z. Idelsohn
(Encyclopedia of Jewish
Knowledge
, New York, 1938); “Jewish Music” by Maurice Ban-
nister and Gertrude Azulay (
Vallentine's Jewish Encyclopedia
,
London, 1938); articles on Jewish Music by Jacob Beimel, David