Music ~ David Ellenson Rare Book Online Exhibit
The major form of traditional Jewish musical expression
has been vocal music: the cantillation (trope) used for reading the
Pentateuch and the Prophets in the synagogue and the rich and varied
cantorial chanting of the liturgy. Over the last two centuries, Western
instrumental and vocal music has been greatly enriched by the works
of Jewish composers and the performances of Jewish musicians.
Hashirim Asher Lishlomoh.
Venice: Pietro & Lorenzo Bragadini, 1623.
This book of music by the leading Jewish composer of the late Italian
Renaissance includes a preface by Leone Modena, Italian rabbi and scholar,
and decisions of the Venetian rabbinate on the question of the use of
music in the synagogue. This book represents the first introduction
of artistic music into the synagogue.
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