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Author Topic: Examples Of Jewish Music:  (Read 2694 times)
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« on: September 28, 2005, 05:10:17 PM »

 What would a music student list as examples of popular music that could be described as Jewish?
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2005, 05:40:24 PM »

Klezmer?

That is a strange formulation though. Can you explain that a little further?
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2005, 10:59:24 PM »

a lot of harmonic minor scales, where the 7th note is omitted when playing a scale up, but present when down.  a lot of "clari", a lot of "dai dai da dadada"
a lot of "life is tough in the jewish quarters"  and then "but we can part-ay"

pay a visit to borough park during some major holiday: you'll see tripple parked cars, people smoking ganja, playing music.  On purim, they MUST drink till oblivion, and speak whats really on their mind.  that's great!  I performed in a purim schpille once (playing guitar in the pit band), and the rabbi got so wasted.  He was out of control cursing everybody, "F this. f that"  "Jewish people are the best, you'll go to hell cuz you're not jewish"

note: moderators don't delete this, Did I say anything offensive?  NO, I just stated what happened, I didn't say ALL jewish people are like that.
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2005, 01:12:21 AM »


 Very interesting indeed. Wink
 I wonder just how much influence a Jewish background and Eastern scales and timing techniques had on the music of people like Gershwin? Certainly the early music of Woody Guthrie and Dylan display their roots in the use of minor keys and timing changes, and in the style of vocal expression.
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2005, 02:58:30 AM »

also most of "JEWISH' music draws its root from russian folk music, u should analyze the chord progressions.  simplest would be:

(Am means a minor)


Am Dm E Am C    E   Am A Dm Am E   Am
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2005, 03:02:05 AM »

hava nagilla or however u spell it

A Dm A 2x
A Dm Dm A2x

note that u use the D harmonic minor over the A major chord

good luck...........
 

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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2005, 04:22:29 PM »

Buy any recording by Mickey Katz (father of Joel Grey) and then just LISTEN. That will answer all of your questions. Especially "Der Gescrhay von der Wilde Kotchka"

Truly priceless stuff.

The snobbish doyens on this board could never bring themselves to listen to what they no doubt would describe as trash.

What the hell do THEY know??
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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2005, 09:29:20 PM »

Try those:
Hebrew melodies for violin and piano by Ingolf Turban and Jascha Nemtsov; HANSSLER CLASSIC  93028
Esquisses Hebraiques:Clarinet quintets on Jewish themes.By Dieter Klöcker and the new Vlach quartet, 2 CPO 999.630'2
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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2005, 11:09:08 PM »

You also might try some recordings of Cantorial music. It's quite beautiful.

Marzam......"ganga"?

You realize of course that what you are describing is basically a Hasidic practice. Most Jews I know never drink to oblivion...nor do they say that all non-Jews are going to hell.
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« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2005, 11:20:05 PM »

It's said that synagog chants preceded medieval plainchant. Anyone know if such ancient music survives or is recorded?
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« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2005, 12:30:52 AM »

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000026CXD/qid=1128263376/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-0036556-0064172?v=glance&s=classical
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