Sunday, August 30, 2015

Jewish Music, Musicians and the Jewish musical milieu: A selection

A selection from our rather extensive collection of items of and about Jewish music.

Akiva, Daniel. Ciclos: Music of the Sephardic Jews for Classic Guitar. Pacific, MO, Mel Bay Publications, Inc., 2003. ISBN: 0-7866-5089-3. Quarto, glossy paper covers, metal spiral binding, 120 pp., CD in pocket on the inside rear cover. Softbound. Very Good.  (66979)      $10.95

Classified Palestine Songs, Number Five: Shabat, Pesah, Sukot. Jerusalem, Overseas Youth Department, Jewish National Fund, 1946. Octavo, stapled paper covers with a slight chip to the front cover, 52 pp. Softbound. Very Good. Text in Hebrew and transliterated Hebrew. (73597)  Popular folk-songs from the immediate era of Israeli Independence.   $75.00

Eisenstein, Judith Kaplan. The Gateway to Jewish Song. New York, Behrman House, Inc., Publishers, 1939. Oblong royal octavo, blue cloth covered boards with paste-down illustration on the front board, previous owners penned name over the illustration, some toning to the end-paper, frontispiece drawing, x, 172 pp., b/w drawings by Temima Nimtzomwitz, translations of the Hebrew songs. Hardbound. Good.  (73582) Eisenstein is more than a famous daughter and a famous wife. This is only one of many books of Jewish music that she authored or contributed to. The copy illustrated above belonged to Florence Freehof, a prolific author of Jewish children's books and a member of a noted family of the Reform movement.     $20.00

Ganenu: Hovrot le-Hinukh ha-Pe'utot be-Gan-Yeladim ube-Vet-Am. Hoveret A. Jerusalem, Hotsaat Hitahdut Ha-Gananot be-Histadrut ha-Morim be-Arets Yisrael, 1919. Royal octavo, edgeworn paper covers, 115 pp., b/w drawings, music. Softbound. Good. In Hebrew. (34288)  A mix of articles on educational theory, craft projects and songs with music. An early Mandate era work.     $35.00

Kipnis, Levin. Music by M. Avidom. David ha-na'ar ve-Golyat ha-anak/ David the Boy and Goliath the Giant. Children's Opera. Tel Aviv, Education and Culture Centre of the General Federation of Labour - Histadrut, 1958. Oblong octavo, stapled paper covers, 16 pp., musical notation throughout. Softbound. Very Good. Text is in Hebrew and transliterated Hebrew. The Nissimov Music Library no. 106. (73721)  Kipnis was an outstanding author for children first in Yiddish and then in Hebrew. Here his work appears in Hebrew and in English translation. Kipnis composed many short plays for children. This is only one of several similar titles I have in stock. $25.00

The Musical Tradition of the Jewish Reform Congregation in Berlin/ Die Musiktradition der J├╝dischen Reformgemeinde zu Berlin/ Ha-Masoret ha-musikalit shel ka-Kehilah ha-Reformit shel Berlin. Israel, Beth Hatefutsoth, The Feher Jewish Music Center, 1997. Tall narrow octavo, paper covers, 65, 31 pp., a few b/w photos. With two musical CDs in Jewel Boxes, all in a paper slip-case.  Softbound. Very Good. Text is in English, German and Hebrew. (70076)  This music, recorded between 1928-1930 represents a tradition that had evolved in Berlin over the previous century. Included in the booklet are the German texts and English translations of those texts. I doubt that there is any place where more that a stray one of these melodies is still in use.  $40.00

Pilchik, Ely E., libretto by. The Water-Drawing Festival: Simchat Beyt Hashoeyvah. An Oratorio For Cantor-Solo Voices-Choir and Piano. Chicago, Illinois, A Friends of Jewish Music Publication, 1970. Royal octavo, foxed stapled paper covers, 88 pp. Softbound. Very Good-. Music by Max Janowski. Inscribed by the librettist on the front cover. (48694) Simchat Beyt Ha-sho'evah was a festival occurring at the end of Sukkot in late Second Temple times. There has been some gestures towards revival lately. The Oratorio and Cantata were very popular forms particularly in the Reform Movement in the during the first two thirds of the last century. Both are pretty dead at the moment but it is hard to develop a full picture of what Reform judaism was like in America without any familiarity with these forms. Pilchik was a well known Reform rabbi and author of Torah commentary and creative writing. Janowski was a prolific composer of liturgical music for the Reform movement as well as a prominent Jewish Chicagoan.     $35.00

Re'uven Yuklson: zibetsikster geboyrntog. Yuvilei-Zshurnal, Yuni, 1955./ Rubin Youkelson on his 70th Birthday, June 25, 1955. New York, Jewish Music Alliance, 1955. Octavo, stapled paper covers, 32 pp., b/w photos. Softbound. Very Good. In Yiddish and English. Joseph Rumshinsky and Isaac Leib Peretz were both involved in the founding of secular Yiddish Folk Choirs in 1899. The tradition of liturgical choirs extends back to the period of the the First Temple but secular Jewish choirs were a new innovation. By the 1930s there were nearly two hundred Yiddish folk choirs in the US alone. The Jewish Musical Alliance was an co-ordinating agency that distributed musical arrangements for choirs. Jacob Shaefer is one of the best known figures of that organization. Youkelson was more involved in the organizational aspect of the Alliance. (66588)     $30.00

70e Anniversaire de Darius Milhaud. Synagogue de la Rue de la Victoire Mardi 22 Mai a 21 heures. Festival Darius Milhaud a l'occasion du soixante-dixieme anniversaire du compositeur et pur l'inaugeration de l'orgue restaure de la Synagogue avec le concours de Marko Rothm├╝ller du Metropolitan Opera de New York, Shalom Berlinski 1et Ministre-Officiant de la Synagogue, Jean Bonfils, Organiste. Paris, L'Orchesttre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatore le Chorale Elisabeth Brasseur, 1962. Quarto, paper covers, 36 pp., b/w portrait, advertisements. Softbound. Very Good. In French (41028)  A program for this special commemorative event.    $40.00

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