Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"The Role of Ethnomusicology in the Study of Jewish Music"

One article that I've found extremely helpful as an overview of the problems associated with the study of synagogue cantillation and its relationship to Temple chant is an article by Johanna Spector, "The Role of Ethnomusicology in the Study of Jewish Music", in Musica Judaica, Volume IV. Number 1, 5742/1981-82, p. 20ff. In looking for this article online, I found other references of interest - including the fact that Suzanne Haik-Vantoura isn't listed on an associated page dedicated solely to women and Jewish music (the only one, allegedly, of its kind). Nor is she listed in this journal's contents at all, even in a book review.

Clearly something ought to be done about these lacks. Will I have the time and energy?

- John Wheeler (יוחנן רכב)

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