Research in Jewish Music

A Bibliography

Jonathan L. Friedmann, Ph.D.

This bibliography lists books and monographs valuable for the study of Jewish music, mostly in the English language. Included are works representing several decades of scholarship, and written from varied perspectives, disciplinary approaches, and subject areas. Most of the books are about music rather than of music. However, a few song collections are included because of the wealth of historical information they contain.

This is an inclusive, if not totally comprehensive, bibliography. It employs a functionalist definition of Jewish music: music that utilizes expressly Jewish texts or themes, and/or is made for expressly Jewish purposes. It also lists book on “general” musicians of Jewish heritage that focus specifically on issues of Jewish identity.

Entries are divided into 15 categories:

  1. General and Multi-Topic
  2. Bible and Antiquity
  3. Ashkenazi Synagogue and Hazzanut
  4. Sephardi and Mizrahi
  5. Italian 
  6. Chassidism and Mysticism
  7. Klezmer and Yiddish
  8. Folklore and Oral Tradition
  9. Popular Music
  10. Concert Music
  11. Holocaust and Antisemitism
  12. Israel
  13. Biography and Memoir
  14. Handbooks
  15. Reference

1. General and Multi-Topic

Avenary, Hanoch. Encounters of East and West in Music: Selected Writings. Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University Press, 1979.

Bohlman, Philip V. Jewish Music and Modernity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Bohlman, Philip V., ed. Jewish Musical Modernism, Old and New. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Braun, Joachim. On Jewish Music: Past and Present. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.

Cohen, A. Irma. An Introduction to Jewish Music in Eight Illustrated Lectures. New York: Bloch, 1923.

Cohen, Judith, ed. Proceedings of the World Congress of Jewish Music. Tel Aviv: Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, 1982.

Edelman, Marsha Bryan. Discovering Jewish Music. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2003.

Eckhard, John, and Heidy Zimmermann. Jüdische Musik? Fremdbilder, Eigenbilder. Cologne: Böhlau, 2004.

François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky, ed. Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands (Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32). London: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2020.

Friedmann, Jonathan L., ed. Emotions in Jewish Music: Personal and Scholarly Reflections. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2012.

Friedmann, Jonathan L. Music and Jewish Religious Experience: Social and Theological Essays. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag, 2010.

Friedmann, Jonathan L., comp. Music in Jewish Thought: Selected Writings, 1890-1920. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009.

Friedmann, Jonathan L., ed. Perspectives on Jewish Music: Secular and Sacred. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2009.

Friedmann, Jonathan L., and Joel Gereboff, ed. Qol Tamid: The Shofar in Ritual, History and Culture. Claremont, CA; Claremont School of Theology Press, 2017.

Fromm, Herbert. On Jewish Music: A Composer’s View. New York: Bloch, 1978.

Gerson-Kiwi, Edith. Migrations and Mutations of the Music in East and West: Selected Writings. Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University Press, 1980.

Goldin, Max. On Musical Connections between Jews and the Neighboring Peoples of Eastern and Western Europe. Edited and translated by Robert A. Rothstein. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1989.

Heller, Charles. What to Listen for in Jewish Music. Toronto: Ecanthus Press, 2006.

Heskes, Irene. Passport to Jewish Music: Its History, Traditions, and Culture. New York: Tara, 1994.

Heskes, Irene, ed. Studies in Jewish Music: Collected Writings of A.W. Binder. New York: Bloch, 1971.

Holde, Arthur. Jews in Music: From the Age of Enlightenment to the Present. New York: Philosophical Library, 1959.

Idelsohn, Abraham Z. Jewish Music in Its Historical Development. New York: Holt Rinehart, and Winston: 1929.

Isaacs, Ronald H. Jewish Music: Its History, People, and Song. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1997.

Mendelsohn, Ezra, ed. Modern Jews and Their Musical Agendas. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Nulman, Macy. Concepts of Jewish Prayer and Music. New York: Yeshiva University Press, 1985.

Nulman, Macy, ed. Essays of Jewish Music and Prayer. New York: Yeshiva University Press, 2005.

Ottens, Rita, and Joel Rubin. Jüdische Musiktraditionen. Kassel: Gustav Bosse Verlag, 2001.

Pasternak, Velvel. The Jewish Music Companion: Historical Overview, Personalities, Annotated Folksongs. New York: Tara, 2003.

Rabinovitch, Israel. Of Jewish Music: Ancient and Modern. Translated by A. M. Klein. Montreal: The Book Center, 1952.

Roten, Hervé. Musiques liturgiques juives: Parcours et escales. Arles: Actes Sud, 1998.

Rothman, Howard B. Tunes Through the Times: Jewish Music Through the Ages in the Diaspora. Gainesville, FL: Howard B. Rothman, 2015.

Rothmüller, Aron Marko. The Music of the Jews: An Historical Appreciation. Cranbury, NJ: A. S. Barnes, 1967.

Rubin, Emanuel, and John H. Baron. Music in Jewish History and Culture. Sterling Heights, MI: Harmonie Park, 2006.

Saminsky, Lazare. Music of the Ghetto and the Bible. New York: Bloch, 1934.

Schleifer, Eliyahu, and Edwin Seroussi, ed. Studies in Honour of Israel Adler. Jerusalem: Magnes, 2002a.

Sendrey, Alfred. Music of the Jews in the Diaspora (up to 1800). New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1970.

Shiloah, Amnon. Jewish Musical Traditions. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1995.

Shiloah, Amnon. Music and Its Virtues in Islamic and Judaic Writings. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2007.

Stanton, Steve, and Alexander Knapp, eds. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Jewish Music 1994. London: City University, Jewish Music Heritage Trust, 1994.

Steinberg, Michael P. Judaism Musical and Unmusical. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Walden, Joshua S., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Jewish Music. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Weisser, Albert. The Modern Renaissance of Jewish Music: Events and Figures, Eastern Europe and America. New York: Bloch, 1954.

Werner, Eric, ed. Contributions to the Historical Study of Jewish Music. New York: Ktav, 1972.

Werner, Eric. From Generation to Generation. New York: American Conference of Cantors, 1967.

2. Bible and Antiquity

Braun, Joachim. Music in Ancient Israel/Palestine: Archaeological, Written, and Comparative Sources. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2002.

Burgh, Theodore W. Listening to the Artifacts: Music Culture in Ancient Palestine. New York: Continuum, 2006.

Dumbrill, Richard J. The Archaeomusicology of the Ancient Near East. Bloomington, Victoria, BC: Trafford, 2005.

Flender, Reinhard. Hebrew Psalmody: A Structural Investigation. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1992.

Friedmann, Jonathan L. Music in Biblical Life: The Roles of Song in Ancient Israel. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.

Friedmann, Jonathan L. Music in the Hebrew Bible: Understanding References in the Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014.

Friedmann, Jonathan L., and Joel Gereboff, ed. Kinnor: The Biblical Lyre in History, Thought, and Culture. Claremont, CA: Claremont School of Theology Press, 2020. 

Goodnick Westenholz, Joan, Yossi Maurey, and Edwin Seroussi, ed. Music in Antiquity (Studies of the Jewish Music Research Centre). Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2014.

Gorali, Moshe. The Old Testament in Music. Jerusalem: Maron, 1993.

Hofman, Shlomo. Mikra’e musikah: A Selection of Biblical References to Music. Tel Aviv: Mif’am, 1965.

Leneman, Helen. Love, Lust, and Lunacy: Stories of Saul and David in Music. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014.

Leneman, Helen. Moses: The Man and the Myth in Music. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014.

Leneman, Helen. The Performed Bible: The Story of Ruth in Oratorio and Opera. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007.

McKinnon, James. The Temple, the Church, and Early Western Chant. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1998.

Montagu, Jeremy. Musical Instruments of the Bible. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002.

Montagu, Jeremy. The Shofar: Its History and Use. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

Randhofer, Regina, ed. Sources of Music in Ancient Israel/Palestine. Halle-Wittenberg: Martin-Luther-Universität, 2003.

Rosenfeld-Hadad, Merav. Judaism and Islam One God One Music: The History of Jewish Paraliturgical Song in the Context of Arabo-Islamic Culture as Revealed in Its Jewish Babylonian Sources. Boston: Brill: 2019.

Sendrey, Alfred. Music in Ancient Israel. New York: Philosophical Library, 1969.

Sendrey, Alfred. Music in the Social and Religious Life of Antiquity. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1974.

Sendrey, Alfred, and Milton Norton. David’s Harp: The Story of Music in Biblical Times. New York: New American Library, 1964.

Smith, John Arthur. Music in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011.

Wellesz, Egon, ed. Music in the Old Testament. London: Oxford University Press, 1970.

Werner, Eric. The Sacred Bridge: The Interdependence of Liturgy and Music in Synagogue and Church During the First Millennium. New York: Columbia University Press, 1959.

Werner, Eric. The Sacred Bridge II: The Interdependence of Liturgy and Music in Synagogue and Church During the First Millennium. New York: Ktav, 1984.

Westenholz, Joan Goodnick, Yossi Maurey, and Edwin Seroussi, ed. Music in Antiquity: The Near East and the Mediterranean. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014.

Zimmermann, Heidy. Tora und Shira: Untersuchungen zur Musikauffassung des rabbinischen Judentums. Bern: Peter Lang, 2000.

3. Ashkenazi Synagogue and Hazzanut

Adler, Israel. La pratique musicale savante dans quelques communautés juives en Europe aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles. 2 vols. Paris: Mouton, 1966.

Allen, Wayne. The Cantor: From the Mishnah to Modernity. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2019.

Austerklein, Matthew, ed. T’fillat Shmuel: Selected Writings of Hazzan Samuel Rosenbaum (1919-1997)—Prepared on the Occasion of His 20th Yahrzeit. New York: Cantors Assembly, 2018.

Avenary, Hanoch. The Askenazic Tradition of Biblical Chant Between 1500 and 1900: Documentation and Musical Analysis. Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University Press, 1978.

Bockmaier, Claus, and Tina Frühauf, eds. Jüdische Musik im süddeutschen Raum / Mapping Jewish Music of Southern Germany. Munich: Allitera Verlag, 2021. 

Bopp, Verena. MAILAMM, 1932–1941: Die Geschichte einer Vereinigung zur Förderung jüdischer Musik in den USA. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2007.

Burwick, Frederick, and Paul Douglass. A Selection of Hebrew Melodies, Ancient and Modern by Isaac Nathan and Lord Byron. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1988.

Cohen, Judah M. Jewish Religious Music in Nineteenth-Century AmericaRestoring the Synagogue Soundtrack. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019.

Cohen, Judah M. The Making of a Reform Jewish Cantor: Musical Authority, Cultural Investment. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.

Cohen, Judah M. Sounding Jewish Tradition: The Music of Central Synagogue. New York: Central Synagogue, 2011.

Friedmann, Jonathan L. Social Functions of Synagogue Song: A Durkheimian Approach. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2012.

Friedmann, Jonathan L. Synagogue Song: An Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Customs. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012.

Friedmann, Jonathan L., ed. 20th Century Synagogue Music: Essential Readings. Woodland Hills, CA: Isaac Nathan, 2010.

Friedmann, Jonathan L., and Brad Stetson, eds. Jewish Sacred Music and Jewish Identity: Continuity and Fragmentation. St. Paul, MN: Paragon House, 2008.

Frigyesi, Judit Niran.  Writing on Water: The Sound of Jewish Prayer. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2018.

Frühauf, Tina, ed. German-Jewish Organ Music: An Anthology of Works from the 1820s to the 1860s. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2013.

Frühauf, Tina. The Organ and its Music in German-Jewish Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Frühauf, Tina. Transcending Dystopia: Music, Mobil­i­ty, and the Jew­ish Com­mu­ni­ty in Ger­many, 1945-1989. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.

Goldberg, Geoffrey. Between Tradition and Modernity: The High Holy Days Melodies of Minhag Ashkenaz. Jerusalem: Jewish Music Research Centre, 2019.

Guesnet, FrancoisBenjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky, eds. Jews in Polish Musical Life (Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 32). Oxford: Littman Library Of Jewish Civilization, 2019. 

Heskes, Irene. The Cantorial Art. New York: National Jewish Music Council, 1966.

Hoffman, Lawrence A., and Janet R. Walton, eds. Sacred Sound and Social Change: Liturgical Music in Jewish and Christian Experience. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1992.

Illman, Ruth. Music and Religious Change among Progressive Jews in London: Being Liberal and Doing Traditional. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2018.

Jolles, Michael. Encyclopaedia of British Jewish Cantors, Chazanim, Ministers, and Synagogue Musicians. London: Jolles, 2021. 

Kalib, Sholom. The Musical Tradition of the Eastern European Synagogue, Volume 1: History and Definition. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2002.

Kalib, Sholom. The Musical Tradition of the Eastern European Synagogue, Volume 2: The Weekday Services. Syracuse University Press, 2005.

Kalib, Sholom. The Musical Tradition of the Eastern European Synagogue, Volume 3A: The Sabbath Eve Service. Syracuse University Press, 2017. 

Klymasz, Robert Bogdan. From Chantre to DjakCantorial Traditions in Canada. Québec: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2000.

Landman, Leo. The Cantor: An Historical Perspective. New York: Yeshiva University Press, 1972.

Levine, Joseph A. Rise and Be Seated: The Ups and Downs of Jewish Worship. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 2000.

Levine, Joseph A. Scholar in Resonance: Selected Writings of Dr. Joseph A. Levine in Celebration of his 85th Birthday. New York: Cantors Assembly, 2018.

Levine, Joseph A. Synagogue Music in America. Crown Point, IN: White Cliffs Media, 1989.

Pasternak, Velvel, and Noah Schall. The Golden Age of Cantors: Musical Masterpieces of the Synagogue. New York: Tara, 1991.

Ross, Sarah M. A Season of Singing: Creating Feminist Jewish Music in the United States. Hannover, MA: Brandeis University Press, 2016.

Rossen, Jane Mink, and Uri Sharvit. Fusion of Traditions: Liturgical Music in the Copenhagen Synagogue. Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2006.

Singer, Josef. Die Tonarten: Des traditionellen Synagogengesanges (Steiger), Ihr verhältnis zu den Kirchentonarten und den Tonarten der vorchristlichen Musikperiode; Erläutert und durch Notenbeispiele erklärt. Vienna: E. Wetzler, 1886.

Slobin, Mark. Chosen Voices: The Story of the American Cantorate. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2002.

Summit, Jeffery A. The Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Summit, Jeffrey A. Singing God’s Words: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary Judaism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Vigoda, Samuel. Legendary Voices. New York: M. P., 1981.

Werner, Eric. A Voice Still Heard: The Sacred Songs of Ashkenazi Jews. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1976.

Zimmerman, Akiva. B’ron Yahad: Essays, Research and Notes on Hazzanut and Jewish Music. Tel Aviv: Central Cantorial Archive, 1988.

Zimmerman, Akiva. S’harei Ron: The Cantorate in Responsa. Tel Aviv: Bron Yahad, 1992.

4. Sephardi and Mizrahi

Adaqi, Yehiel and Uri Sharvit. A Treasury of Yemenite Jewish Chants. Jerusalem: The Israeli Institute for Sacred Music, 1981.

Adler, Israel. Musical Life and Traditions of the Portuguese Jewish Community of Amsterdam in the 18th Century. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1974.

Armistead, Samuel G., and Joseph H. Silverman. The Judeo-Spanish Ballad Chapbooks of Yacob Abraham Yona. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971.

Armistead, Samuel G., and Joseph H. Silverman. Folk Literature of the Sephardic Jews, Vol. 2: Judeo-Spanish Ballads from Oral Tradition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.

Avenary, Hanoch. Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue Music in Nineteenth-Century Reform Sources from Hamburg: Ancient Tradition in the Dawn of Modernity. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1996.

Avenary, Hanoch. Studies in Hebrew, Syrian and Greek Liturgical Recitative. Jerusalem: Israel Music Institute, 1963.

Bahat, Avner, and Naomi Bahat. Saperi Tama: The Diwan Songs of the Jews of Central Yemen. Tel Aviv: The Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1995.

Davis, Ruth F. Musical Exodus: Al-Andalus and Its Jewish Diasporas. Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield, 2015.

Guez-Avigal, Miriam. “Poésie de prophètes”: Le chant sacré des juives de l’ile de Djerba en Tunisie. Lod: Orot Yahadut ha-Maghreb, 2009.

Herzog, Avigdor. The Psalm Singing of the Jews of San’a. Tel Aviv: Israel Music Institute, 1968.

Jackson, Maureen. Mixing Musics: Turkish Jewry and the Urban Landscape of a Sacred Song. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013.

Katz, Israel J. Judeo-Spanish Traditional Ballads from Jerusalem, Vol. 1. New York: Institute of Medieval Music, 1972.

Katz, Israel J. Judeo-Spanish Traditional Ballads from Jerusalem, Vol. 2. New York: Institute of Medieval Music, 1975.

Kligman, Mark L. Maqam and Liturgy: Ritual, Music, and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2009.

Kojaman, Yehezqel. The Maqam Music Tradition of Iraq. London: Y. Kojaman, 2001.

Levy, Isaac. Anthologia de Liturgia Judaeo-Espagnoles. 10 vols. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Culture, 1974.

Levy, Isaac. Chants judéo-espagnoles. London: World Sephardi Foundation, 1973.

Manasseh, Sara. Shbahoth: Songs of Praise in the Babylonian Jewish Tradition: From Baghdad to Bombay and London. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013.

Sánchez, Miguel Angel. Es razón de alabar: Una aproximación a la música tradicional sefardí. Madrid: Comunidad de Madrid, Consejería de Educación y Cultura, 1997.

Seroussi, Edwin. Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue Music in Nineteenth-Century Reform Sources from Hamburg: Ancient Tradition in the Dawn of Modernity. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1996.

Shelemay, Kay Kaufman. Let Jasmine Rain Down: Song and Remembrance among Syrian Jews. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Shiloah, Amnon. Music and its Virtues in Islamic and Jewish Writings. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007.

Shiloah, Amnon. The Dimension of Music in Islamic and Jewish Culture. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1993.

Silver, Christopher. Recording History: Jews, Muslims, and Music across Twentieth-Century North Africa. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2022. 

Sutton, Silvia Hamui. Cantos Judeo-españoles: Simbología Poética y Visión Del Mundo. Santa Fe, NM: Gaon, 2008.

Sutton, Silvia Hamui. Lyrical Eroticism in Judeo-Spanish Songs. Santa Fe, NM: Gaon, 2017.

Swerling, Norman P. Music of the Sephardic Jews of Curacao: Romemu-Exale. New York: Tara, 1998.

Weich-Shahak, Susana. Judeo-Spanish Moroccan Songs for the Life Cycle. Jerusalem: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1989.

Weich-Shahak, Susana. La boda sefardí: Música, texto y contexto. Madrid: Editorial Alpuerto, 2007.

Weich-Shahak, Susana. Un vergel vedre: Flores del repertorio sefardí; Romancero, coplas y cancionero. Zaragoza Iber-Caja, 1995.

Weich-Shahak, Susana, and Paloma Díaz-Mas. Romancero sefardí de Marruecos: Antología de tradición oral. Madrid: Alpuerto, 1997.

5. Italian

Birnbaum, Edouard. Jewish Musicians at the Court of the Mantuan Dukes. Trans. and ed. Judith Cohen. Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University Press, 1978.

Bowring, Lynette, Rebecca Cypress, and Liza Malamat, eds. Music and Jewish Culture in Early Modern Italy: New Perspectives. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2022. 

Carrieri, Alessandro, and Annalisa Capristo, eds. Italian Jewish Musicians and Composers under Fascism: Let Our Music Be Played. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. 

Harrán, Don. In Search of Harmony: Hebrew and Humanist Elements in Sixteenth-Century Musical Thought. Neuhausen-Stuttgart: Haensler-Verlag, 1988.

Harrán, Don. Salamone Rossi: Jewish Musician in Late Renaissance Mantua. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Harrán, Don. Three Early Modern Hebrew Scholars on the Mysteries of Song. Boston: Brill, 2015.

Jacobson, Joshua R. Salamone Rossi: Renaissance Man of Jewish Music. Berlin: Hentrch and Hentrich, 2016.

Malamut, Liza, Lynette Bowring, and Rebecca Cypess, eds. Music and Jewish Culture in Early Modern Italy: New Perspectives. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2022. 

Newman, Joel, and Fritz Rikko. A Thematic Index to the Works of Salamon Rossi. Hackensack, NJ: Boonin, 1972.

Rikko, Fritz, ed. Hashirim Asher Lish’lomo. New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1973.

6. Chassidism and Mysticism

Barzilai, Shmuel. Chassidic Ecstasy in Music. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2009

Ben-Moshe, Raffi. Experiencing Devekut: The Contemplative Niggun of Habad in Israel.  Jerusalem: Jewish Music Research Centre, 2015.

Beregovski, Moshe. Evreiskie narodnye pesni. Edited by S. V. Asiuka. Moscow: Sovetskii Kompozitor, 1962.

Glazerson, Matisyahu. Music and Kabbala. Jerusalem: Raz-Ot Institute, 1988.

Koskoff, Ellen. Music in Lubavitcher Life. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2000.

Mazor, Yaacov, and Andre Hajdu. The Hasidic Dance-Nigun: A Study Collection and its Classification Analysis. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1974.

Paloma, Vanessa. Mystic Siren: Woman’s Voice in the Balance of Creation. Santa Fe, NM: Gaon, 2007.

Pinson, DovBer. Inner Rhythms: The Kabbalah of Music. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 2000.

Schwartz, Dov. “The Soul Seeks Its Melodies”: Music in Jewish Thought. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2022. 

Shiloah, Amnon, and Ruth Tenne. Music Subjects in the Zohar Texts and Indices. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1977.

Smith, Chani Haran. Tuning the Soul: Music As a Spiritual Process in the Teachings of Rabbi Nahman of Bratzlav. Boston: Brill, 2010.

Staiman, Mordecai. Niggun: Stories Behind the Chasidic Songs that Inspire Jews. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1994.

Vinaver, Chemjo. Anthology of Hassidic Music. Jerusalem: Jewish Music Centre, 1985.

7. Klezmer and Yiddish

Alexander, Phil. Sounding Jewish in Berlin: Klezmer Music and the Contemporary City. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021. 

Barzel, Tamar. New York Noise: Radical Jewish Music and the Downtown Scene. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2015.

Bauer, Susan. From the Khupe to KlezKamp: The Process of Change and Forms of Reinterpretation of Klezmer Music in New York. Berlin: Piranha, 1999.

Beregovski, Moisei. Evreiskii muzykalnyi folklor. Moscow: Meluxiser Musik-Farlag, 1934.

Bergovski, Moshe. Old Jewish Folk Music. Trans. Mark Slobin. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982.

Bohlman, Philip V. Jüdische Volksmusik: Eine mitteleuropäische Geistesgeschichte. Vienna: Böhlau, 2005.

Bohlman, Philip V., and Otto Holzapfel, eds. The Folk Music of Ashkenaz. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2001.

Cahan, Yehude Leyb. Yiddish Folk-Songs with Their Original Airs Collected from Oral Tradition. 2 vols. New York: International Library, 1912.

Feldman, Walter Zev. Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Freedman, Jonathan. Klezmer America: Jewishness, Ethnicity, Modernity. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.

Ginsburg, Saul M., and Pavel S. Marek. Evreiskie narodnye pesni v Rossii / Yiddish Folksongs in Russia. Edited and annotated by Dov Noy. Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press, 1991.

Kelman, Ari Y. Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio in the United States. New York: New York University Press, 2009.

Kiselgof, Zinovy, Leonid Guralnik, and Evgeny Khazdan, eds. Jewish Folk Melodies. 2d ed. Saint Petersburg: Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg, 2001.

Lachs, Vivi. Whitechapel Noise: Jewish Immigrant Life in Yiddish Song and Verse, London 1884–1914. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2018.

Mazor, Yaakov. The Klezmer Tradition in the Land of Israel. Jerusalem: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2000.

Mlotek, Eleanor Gordon. Mir trogn a gezang! Favorite Yiddish Songs of Our Generation with Yiddish Texts and Music, Parallel Transliterations, Historical Background, Synopses, Guitar Chords. New York: Workmen’s Circle Education Department, 1972.

Mlotek, Chana, and Mark Slobin, eds. Yiddish Folksongs from the Ruth Rubin Archive. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2007.

Netsky, Hankus. Klezmer: Music and Community in Twentieth-Century Jewish Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2015.

Rogovoy, Seth. The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover’s Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music, from the Old World to the Jazz Age to the Downtown Avant-Garde. Chapel Hill, NC: Alonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2000.

Rosenfeld, Lulla. Bright Star of Exile: Jacob Adler and the Yiddish Theater. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1977.

Rubin, Joel E. New York Klezmer in the Early Twentieth Century: The Music of Naftule Brandwein and Dave Tarras. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2020. 

Rubin, Ruth. Voices of a People: The Story of Yiddish Folksong. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1963.

Sandrew, Nahma. Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater. New York: Limelight Editions, 1986.

Sapoznik, Henry. The Compleat Klezmer. Cedarhurst, NY: Tara, 1987.

Sapoznik, Henry. Klezmer: Jewish Music from Old World to Our World. New York: Schirmer, 1999.

Slobin, Mark, ed. American Klezmer: Its Roots and Offshoots. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Slobin, Mark. Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Slobin, Mark, ed. Jewish Instrumental Folk Music: The Collections and Writings of Moshe Beregovski. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2001.

Slobin, Mark, Robert A. Rothstein, and Michael Alpert, ed. and tran. Jewish Instrumental Folk Music: The Collections and Writings of Moshe Beregovski. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2001.

Strom, Yale. The Book of Klezmer: The History, the Music, the Folklore. Chicago: Chicago Review, 2002.

Strom, Yale. Dave Tarras: The King of Klezmer. Kfar Sava: OR-TAV, 2010.

Strom, Yale, ed. Shpil: The Art of Playing Klezmer. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2012.

Stutschewsky, Joachim. Klezmorim. Jerusalem: Mosad Bialik, 1959.

Vinkovetzky, Aharon, and Abba Kovner. Anthology of Yiddish Folksongs. 7 vols. Edited by Sinai Leichter. Jerusalem: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1983–2004.

Waligorska, Magdalena. Klezmer’s Afterlife: An Ethnography of the Jewish Music Revival in Poland and Germany. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Wood, Abigail. And We’re All Brothers: Singing in Yiddish in Contemporary North America. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Yardeini, Mordecai. Fifty Years of Yiddish Song in America. New York: Jewish Music Alliance, 1964.

Yardeini, Mordecai. Words and Music: A Selection from his Writings. Ed. Max Rosenfeld. New York: Yiddisher Kultur Farband, 1986.

8. Folklore and Oral Tradition

Adler, Israel, Frank Alvarez-Pereyre, Edwin Seroussi, and Lea Shalem, eds. Jewish Oral Traditions: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1994.

Gamliel, Tova. Aesthetics of Sorrow: The Wailing Culture of Yemenite Jewish Women. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014.

Goldin, Max, comp. Jewish Folk Songs: Anthology. Edited by Izaly Zemtsovsky. Saint Petersburg: Kompozitor, 1994.

Idelsohn, Abraham Z. Hebräisch-orientalischer Melodienschatz. 10 vols. Leipzig and Berlin: Benjamin Herz, 1914–1932.

Karnes, Kevin C. Jewish Folk Songs from the Baltics. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2014.

Katz, Ruth. The Lachmann Problem: An Unsung Chapter in Comparative Musicology. Jerusalem: Magnes, 2003.

Lachmann, Robert. Gesänge der Juden auf der Insel Djerba. Edited by Edith Gerson-Kiwi. Yuval Monograph 7. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1978.

Lachmann, Robert. Jewish Cantillation and Songs in the Island of Djerba. Jerusalem: Azriel, 1940.

Levi, Sabin. Bulgarian Jewish Musicians: A Short Survey in Facts and Pictures. CreateSpace, 2012.

Matut, Diana. Dichtung und Musik im frühneuzeitlichen Aschkenas. 2 vols. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

Musleah, Rachel. Songs of the Jews of Calcutta. Owing Mills, MD: Tara, 1991.

Piris, Eliyahu. The Music of the Mountain Jews. Jerusalem: Jewish Music Research Centre, 1999.

Rapport, Evan. Greeted With Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Shelemay, Kay Kaufman. A Song of Longing: An Ethiopian Journey. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1991.

Shelemay, Kay Kaufman. Music, Ritual and Falasha History. East Lansing, MI: African Studies Center, Michigan State University, 1986.

Tourney, Olivier. Le chant liturgique juif éthiopien: Analyse musicale d’une tradition orale. Ethnomusicologie 8. Leuven, Belgium: Peeters, 2009.

Webster-Kogen, Ilana. Citizen Azmari: Making Ethiopian Music in Tel Aviv. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan, 2018.

9. Popular Music

Bassan, Jacqueline. From Shul to Cool: The Romantic Jewish Roots of American Popular Music. New York: Jay Street, 2003.

Beeber, Steven Lee. The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2006.

Benarde, Scott. Stars of David: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Jewish Stories. Lebanon, NH: Brandeis, University Press, 2003.

Bennett, Roger, and Josh Kun. And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past as Told by the Records We Have Loved and Lost. New York: Crown, 2008.

Billig, Michael. Rock ‘n’ Roll Jews. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2001.

Buch, David J. Representations of Jews in the Musical Theater of the Habsburg Empire (1788-1807). Edited by Edwin Seroussi. Jerusalem: Jewish Music Research Centre, 2012.

Chartock, Roselle Kline. The Jewish World of Elvis Presley. Independently Published, 2020. 

Chicural, Steven R. George Gershwin’s Songbook: Influences of Jewish Music, Ragtime,   and Jazz. Lexington: University of Kentucky, 1989.

Cohen, Rich. Machers and Rockers: Chess Records and the Business of Rock and Roll. New York: W. W. Norton, 2004.

Corenthal, Michael. Cohen on the Telephone: A History of Jewish Recorded Humor and Popular Music. Milwaukee, WI: Yesterday’s Memories, 1984.

Croland, Michael. Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016.

Croland, Michael. Punk Rock Hora: Adventures in Jew-Punk Land. Independently published, 2018.

Epstein, Lawrence. The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America. New York: Perseus/Public Affairs, 2001.

Erdman, Harley. Staging the Jew: The Performance of an American Ethnicity, 1860-1920. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1997.

Gabler, Neal. Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2016.

Gilbert, Sylvia. Jewish Music from Bible to Broadway: A Short History of Jewish Music. Nashville, TN: Winston-Derek Publishers, 1995.

Gottlieb, Jack. Funny, it Doesn’t Sound Jewish: How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley. New York: State University Press of New York, 2004.

Hecht, Stuart Joel. Transposing Broadway: Jews, Assimilation, and the American Musical. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Hersch, Charles B. Jews and Jazz: Improvising Ethnicity. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Hoffman, Warren. The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2020.

Kantor, Kenneth Aaron. Jews on Tin Pan Alley: The Jewish Contribution to American Popular Music, 1830-1940. Jersey City, NJ: Ktav Publishing, 1982.

Kaplan, James. Irving Berlin: New York Genius. Princeton: Yale University Press, 2019.

Katorza, Ari. Stairway to Paradise: Jews, Blacks, and the American Music Revolution. Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2021. 

Lambert, Philip. To Broadway, To Life! The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Lane, Stewart F. Jews on Broadway: An Historical Survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Producers. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011.

Lehman, David. A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs. New York: Schocken, 2009.

Light, Alan. The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah.” New York: Atria, 2013.

Melnick, Jeffrey. A Right to Sing the Blues: African Americans, Jews, and American Popular Song. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001.

Most, Andrea. Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Patka, Marcus, and Alfred Stalzer, ed. Stars of David. Berlin: Hentrch and Hentrich, 2016.

Ran, Amalia, and Moshe Morad, ed. Mazal Tov, Amigos! Jews and Popular Music in the Americas. Boston: Brill, 2016.

Rogin, Michael. Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

Rogovoy, Seth. Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009. 

Rosen, Jody. White Christmas: The Story of an American Song. New York: Scribner, 2002.

Sidran, Ben. There Was A Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream. New York: Unlimited Media, 2012.

Slobin, Mark. Tenement Songs: The Popular Music of the Jewish Immigrants. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1996.

Stratton, Jon. Jews, Race and Popular Music. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009.

Wright, Jill Gold. Creating America on Stage: How Jewish Composers and Lyricists Pioneered American Musical Theater. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag, 2009.

10. Concert Music

Baker, Paula Eisenstein, and Robert S. Nelson, eds. Leo Zeitlin: Chamber Music. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2009.

Braun, Joachim. Jews and Jewish Elements in Soviet Music: A Study of a Socio-national Problem in Music. Jerusalem: Israeli Music Publications, 1978.

Conway, David. Jewry in Music: Entry to the Profession from the Enlightenment to Richard Wagner. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Cypress, Rebecca, and Nancy Sinkoff. Sara Levy’s World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2018.

Gowen, Bradford P. A Performer’s Guide to the Piano Music of Samuel Adler. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2022. 

Heskes, Irene, and Suzanne Bloch. Ernest Bloch, Creative Spirit: A Source Book. New York: Jewish Music Council of the Jewish Welfare Board, 1976.

Kushner, David Z. The Ernest Bloch Companion. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001.

Loeffler, James. The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010.

Lyman, Darryl. Great Jews in Music. Middle Village, NY: Jonathan David Publishers, 1986.

Mausner, Ellen Weinberg. Jacob Weinberg: Musical Pioneer. Independently published, 2021. 

Nemtsov, Jascha. Die neue Jüdische Schule in der Musik. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2004.

Nemtsov, Jascha. From St. Petersburg to Vienna: The New Jewish School in Music, 1908-1938, As Part of the Jewish Cultural Renaissance. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 2019.

Nemtsov, Jascha. Jüdische Kunstmusik im 20. Jahrhundert: Quellenlage, Entstehungsgeschichte, Stilanalysen.Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2006. 

Sala, Luca Lévi, ed. Jewishness, Jewish Identity and Music Culture in 19th-Century Europe. Bologna: UT Orpheus, 2020. 

Saleski, Gdal. Famous Musicians of Jewish Origin. New York: Bloch, 1949.

Schiller, David M. Bloch, Schoenberg, and Bernstein: Assimilating Jewish Music. NY: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Schröder-Nauenburg, Beate. “Der Eintritt des Jüdischen in die Welt der Kunstmusik”: Die Anfänge der Neuen Jüdischen Schule, werkanalytische Studien. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2007.

Shansky, Carol L.  The Hebrew Orphan Asylum Band of New York City, 1874-1941. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2016.

Shawn, Allen. Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014.

Stevens, Lewis. Composers of Classical Music of Jewish Descent. London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2005.

Tentser, Alexander, ed. The Jewish Experience in Classical Music: Shostakovich and Asia. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2014.

Tesler-Mabé, Hernan. Mahler’s Forgotten Conductor: Heinz Unger and his Search for Jewish Meaning, 1895–1965. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020.

11. Holocaust and Antisemitism

Aronson, Peter. Bronislaw Huberman: From Child Prodigy to Hero, the Violinist Who Saved Jewish Musicians from the Holocaust. New York: Double M, 2018.

Bacht, Nikolaus. Music, Theatre and Politics in Germany: 1848 to the Third Reich. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 2006.

Becker, Sonia Pauline. Symphony on Fire: A Story of Music and Spiritual Resistance During the Holocaust. New Milford, NJ: Wordsmithy, 2007.

Bor, Josef. The Terezin Requiem. Trans. Edith Pargeter. New York: Avon, 1977.

Boswell, Matthew. Holocaust Impiety in Literature, Popular Music and Film. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Brener, Milton E. Richard Wagner and the Jews. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006.

Brinkmann, Reinhold, and Christoph Wolff, eds. Driven into Paradise: The Musical Migration from Nazi Germany to the United States. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Brown, Kellie D. The Sound of Hope: Music As Solace, Resistance and Salvation During the Holocaust and World War II. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2020.

Calico, Joy H. Arnold Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014.

Clark, Caryl. Haydn’s Jews: Representation and Reception on the Operatic Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Cook, Nicolas. The Schenker Project: Culture, Race and Music Theory in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Crawford, Dorothy Lamb. A Windfall of Musicians: Hitler’s Émigrés and Exiles in Southern California. New Haven, CT, 2009.

Eichler, Jeremy. Time’s Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance. New York: Knopf, 2023. 

Eyre, Makana. Sing, Memory: The Remarkable Story of the Man Who Saved the Music of the Nazi Camps. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2023. 

Fénelon, Fania. The Musicians of Auschwitz. Trans. Judith Landry. London: Michael Joseph, 1977.

Filar, Marian, and Charles Patterson. From Buchenwald to Carnegie Hall. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002.

Flam, Gila. Singing for Survival: Songs of the Lodz Ghetto, 1940-1945. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1992.

Frühauf, Tina, and Lily Hirsch. Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Gilbert, Shirli. Music of the Holocaust: Confronting Life in the Nazi Ghettos and Camps. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Goldsmith, Martin. The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2000.

Grymes, James A. Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust. New York: Harper Perennial, 2014.

Haas, Michael. Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2013.

HaCohen, Ruth. The Music Libel Against the Jews. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.

Hayes, Casey J. When the Music Stopped: Willy Rosen’s Holocaust. Amsterdam: Amsterdam, 2022. 

Hillman, Jessica. Echoes of the Holocaust on the American Musical Stage. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012.

Hirsch, Lilly E. A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany: Musical Politics and the Berlin Jewish Culture League. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010.

Jani, Emilio. My Voice Saved Me: Auschwitz 180046. Milan: Centuaro Editrice, 1961.

Kaczerginsky, Shmuel. Songs of the Ghettos and Concentration Camps. New York: CYCO Bicher Farlag, 1948.

Kalisch, Shoshana. Yes, We Sang! Songs of the Ghetto and Concentration Camps. New York: Harper and Row, 1985.

Karas, Joza. Music in Terezin: 1941-1945. New York: Beaufort, 1985.

Kater, Michael H. Composers of the Nazi Period: Eight Portraits. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Kater, Michael H. The Twisted Muse: Musicians and Their Music in the Third Reich. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Kater, Michael H., and Riethmüller Albrecht, eds. Music and Nazism: Art under Tyranny, 1933-1945. Laaber: Laaber-Verlag, 2003.

Katz, Jacob. The Darker Side of Genius: Richard Wagner’s Anti-Semitism. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1986.

Knittel, K. M. Seeing Mahler: Music and the Language of Antisemitism in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna. K. M. Knittel. Surrey: Ashgate, 2010. Surrey: Ashgate, 2010.

Laks, Szyman. Music of Another World. Trans. Chester Kisiel. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1989.

Levi, Erik. Music in the Third Reich. New York: St. Martin’s, 1994.

Meyer, Michael. The Politics of Music in the Third Reich. New York: Peter Lang, 1991.

Monod, David. Settling Scores: German Music, Denazification, and the Americans, 1945-1953. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

Moricz, Klara. Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

Newman, Richard. Alma Rosé: Vienna to Auschwitz. Portland, OR: Amadeus Press, 2000.

Niekerk, Carl. Reading Mahler: German Culture and Jewish Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2010.

Rose, Paul Lawrence. Wagner: Race and Revolution. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992.

Sheffi, Na’ama. The Ring of Myths: The Israelis, Wagner and the Nazis. Sussex: Sussex Academic, 2013.

Silverman, Jerry. The Undying Flame: Ballads and Songs of the Holocaust. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2002.

Sposato, Jeffrey. The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth Century Anti-Semitic Tradition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Steinweis, Alan E. Art, Ideology, and Economics in Nazi Germany: The Reich Chambers of Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Vincent, Isabel. Overture of Hope: Two Sisters’ Daring Plan that Saved Opera’s Jewish Stars from the Third Reich. Washington, D.C.: Regnery, 2023. 

Weiner, Marc A. Richard Wagner and the anti-Semitic Imagination. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

Willoughby, Susan. Art, Music, and Writings from the Holocaust. Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2003.

Wlodarski, Amy Lynn. Musical Witness and Holocaust Representation. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

12. Israel

Brinner, Benjamin. Playing Across a Divide: Israeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Bohlman, Philip V. “The Land Where Two Streams Flow”: Music in the German-Jewish Community of Israel. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1989.

Bohlman, Philip V. The World Centre for Jewish Music in Palestine, 1936–1940: Jewish Musical Life on the Eve of World War II. Oxford: Clarendon, 1992.

Bohlman, Philip V. The World Centre for Jewish Music in Palestine, 1936-1940: Jewish Musical Life on the Eve of World War II. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Cohen, Dalia, and Ruth Katz. The Israeli Folk Song: A Methodological Example of Computer Analysis of Monophonic Music. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1977.

Figueroa, Michael A. City of Song: Music and the Making of Modern Jerusalem. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.

Friedmann, Jonathan L., and Meeka Simerly, eds. Voices in the Wilderness: Emerging Roles of Israeli Clergywomen. Santa Fe, NM: Gaon, 2015.

Gradenwitz, Peter. Music and Musicians in Israel, 3rd ed. Tel Aviv: Israeli Music, 1978.

Gradenwitz, Peter. The Music of Israel: From the Biblical Era to Modern Times. Portland, OR: Amadeus, 1996.

Guttman, Hadassah. The Music of Paul Ben-Haim: A Performance Guide. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1992.

Harris, Rachel S., and Ranen Omer-Sherman, ed. Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture. Detroit: Wayne States University Press, 2012.

Hirschberg, Jehoash. Music In the Jewish Community of Palestine 1880-1948: A Social History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Horowitz, Amy. Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010.

Lachmann, Robert. The “Oriental Music” Broadcasts, 1936–1937: A Musical Ethnography of Mandatory Palestine. Edited by Ruth F. Davis. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2013.

Keren, Zvi. Contemporary Israeli Music: Its Sources and Stylistic Development. Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University Press, 1980.

Nathan, Hans, ed. Israeli Folk Music: Songs of the Early Pioneers. Madison, WI: A-R Editions, 1994.

Regev, Motti, and Edwin Seroussi. Popular Music and National Culture in Israel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.

Seroussi, Edwin. Popular Music in Israel: The First Fifty Years. Cambridge: Harvard College Library, 1996.

Shelleg, Assaf. Jewish Contiguities and the Soundtrack of Israeli History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Shelleg, Assaf. Theological Stains: Art Music and the Zionist Project. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020. 


Smoira-Roll, Michal. Folk Music in Israel: An Analysis Attempted. Tel Aviv: Israeli Music Institute, 1963.

13. Biography and Memoir

Adler, Israel, Bathja Bayer, and Eliyahu Schliefer, eds. The Abraham Zvi Idelsohn Memorial Volume. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1986.

Adler, Samuel. Building Bridges with Music: Stories from a Composer’s Life. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon, 2017.

Cohen, Mark R. The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Venetian Rabbi: Leon Modena’s Life of Judah. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988.

Cohn, Hans. Risen from the Ashes: Tales of a Musical Messenger. Lanham, MD: Hamilton, 2005.

Davidson, Charles. From Szatmar to the New World: Max Wohlberg, American Cantor. New York: Jewish Theological Seminary, 2001.

Evans, Allan. Ignaz Friedman: Romantic Master Pianist. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.

Feinberg, Sheldon. Hava Nagila: The Story Behind the Song and Its Composer. New York: Shapolsky, 1988.

Fields, Armond. Sophie Tucker:
First Lady of Show Business. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2003.

Fleisher, Robert. Twenty Israeli Composers: Voices of a Culture. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1997.

Fligel, Hyman. Zavel Zilberts: His Life and Works. New York: Shlusinger Brothers, 1971.

Freeland, Michael. Music Man: The Story of Frank Simon. London: Vallentine-Mitchell, 1994.

Friedmann, Jonathan L. A City Haphazard: Jewish Musicians in Los Angeles, 1887-1927. Washington, D.C.: Academica, 2017.

Friedmann, Jonathan L. Cantor William Sharlin: Musical Revolutionary of Reform Judaism. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2019.

Friedmann, Jonathan L. Jews, Music and the American West: Portraits of Pioneers. Santa Fe: Gaon, 2016.

Friedmann, Jonathan L., and John F. Guest. Songs of Sonderling: Commissioning Émigré Jewish Composers in Los Angeles, 1938-1945. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2021.

Frühauf, Tina. Salomon Sulzer: Reformer, Cantor, Icon. Berlin: Hentrich and Hentrich, 2012.

Glantz, Jerry, ed. Leib Glantz: The Man Who Spoke to God. Tel Aviv: The Tel Aviv Institute for Jewish Liturgical Music, 2008.

Glantz, Jerry, ed. The Leib Glantz Project. Tel Aviv: The Tel Aviv Institute for Jewish Liturgical Music, 2013.

Gottlieb, Jack. Working With Bernstein: A Memoir. New York: Amadeus, 2010.

Hisrch, Lily E. Anneliese Landau’s Life in Music: Nazi Germany to Émigré California. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2019.

Hirschberg, Jehoash. Paul Ben-Haim: His Life and Works. Trans. Nathan Friedgut. Jerusalem: Israeli Music, 1990.

Isaacson, Michael. Jewish Music as Midrash: What Makes Music Jewish? Los Angeles: Egg Cream Music, 2007.

Katz, Mickey. Papa, Play for Me: The Autobiography of Mickey Katz. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2002.

Krakower, Dora Brenner. Trusting the Song that Sings Within: Pioneer Woman Cantor. Ontario: Azure, 1997.

Levin, Neil, ed. Salomon Sulzer. Bregenz: Land Voraruberg, 1991.

Levin, Theodore. The Hundred Thousand Fools of Gold: Musical Travels in Central Asia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998.

Moddel, Philip. Joseph Achron. Tel Aviv: Israeli Music Productions, 1966.

Moddel, Philip. Max Helfman: A Biographical Sketch. Berkeley: Judah L. Magnes, 1974.

Nemtsov, Jascha. Arno Nadel: His Contribution to Jewish Musical Culture. Berlin: Hentrich and Hentrich, 2014.

Nemtsov, Jascha, and Hermann Simon. Louis Lewandowski: Love Makes the Melody Immortal! Berlin: Hentrch and Hentrich, 2011.

Newman, Harry. Thirty-Four Years on the Bimah: Vignettes of my life as a “Professional” Jew. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2007.

Ostfeld, Barbara J. Catbird: The Ballad of Barbi Prim. Buffalo, NY: Erva, 2019. 

Pasternak, Velvel. Behind the Music: Stories, Anecdotes, Articles & Reflections. New York: Tara, 2017.

Peyser, Joan. Bernstein: A Biography. New York: William Morrow, 1987.

Ringer, Alexander L. Arnold Schoenberg: The Composer as Jew. New York: Clarendon, 1990.

Rosenblatt, Samuel. Yossele Rosenblatt: The Story of His Life. New York: Cantors Assembly, 2005.

Schleifer, Eliyahu. Samuel Naumbourg: The Cantor of French Jewish Emancipation. Berlin: Hentrch and Hentrich, 2012.

Schneider, Gertrude, ed. Mordechai Gebirtig: His Poetic and Musical Legacy. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2000.

Schumann, Coco. The Ghetto Swinger: A Berlin Jazz-Legend Remembers. Trans. John Howard. Los Angeles: DoppelHouse, 2018.

Slavicky, Milan. Gideon Klein: A Fragment of Life and Work. Trans. Dagmar Steinova. Prague: Helvetica Tempora, 1995.

Soltes, Avraham. Off the Willows: The Rebirth of Modern Jewish Music. New York: Bloch, 1970.

Thornhill, Gillian. The Life, Times and Music of Mark Raphael. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouseUK, 2012.

Werner, Eric. Mendelssohn: A New Image of the Composer and His Age. Trans. Dika Newlin. New York: Free Press, 1963.

Westheimer, Ruth Karola. Musically Speaking: A Life Through Song. Philadelphia University of Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Press, 2003.

Weisgall, Deborah. A Joyful Noise: Claiming the Songs of My Father. New York: Grove Press, 2000.

14. Handbooks

Alvarez-Pereyre, Frank. La transmission orale de la Mišnah: Une méthode d’analyse appliquée à la tradition d’Alep. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1990.

Bernard, Andrew. The Sound of Sacred Time: A Basic Music Theory Textbook to Teach the Jewish Prayer Modes. Charlotte, NC: Temple Beth El, 2005.

Binder, Abraham W. Biblical Chant. New York: Philosophical Library, 1959.

Davidson, Charles. Immunim Be-Nusach Ha-Tefillah: A Study Text and Workbook for the Jewish Prayer Modes. Elkins Park, PA: Ashbourne Music, 1996.

Davidson, Charles. Immunim Be-Nusach Ha-Tefillah II: Hallel (A Study Text and Workbook). Elkins Park, PA: Ashbourne Music, 2004.

Eisenstein, Judith K. Heritage of Music: The Music of the Jewish People. Wyncote, PA: Reconstructionist Press, 1981.

Ewen, David. Hebrew Music: A Study and an Interpretation. New York: Bloch, 1931.

Flender, Reinhard D. Hebrew Psalmody: A Structural Investigation. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1992.

Freed, Isadore. Harmonizing The Jewish Modes. New York: Sacred Music Press, 1958.

Grossman, Elayne Robinson, and Ben Steinberg. One People, One Voice: How To Organize a Jewish Community Chorus and Choral Festival. New York: Jewish Music Council of the Jewish Welfare Board, 1989.

Jacobson, Joshua R. Chanting the Hebrew Bible: The Complete Guide to the Art of Cantillation. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2002. (Second ed., 2017)

Orenstein, Walter. The Cantor’s Manual of Jewish Law. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1994.

Portnoy, Marshall, and Josée Wolff. The Art of Torah Cantillation. New York: Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 2000.

Portnoy, Marshall, and Josée Wolff. The Art of Cantillation, Vol. 2 (Haftarah and M’gillot). New York: Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 2001.

Rosenbaum, Samuel. A Guide to Haftarah Chanting. Hoboken, New York: Ktav, 1973.

Rosenbaum, Samuel. A Guide to Torah Chanting. Hoboken, NY: Ktav, 1973.

Rosowsky, Solomon. The Cantillation of the Bible. New York: The Reconstructionist Press, 1957.

Weil, Daniel Meir. The Masoretic Chant of the Bible. Jerusalem: R. Mass, 1995.

Weisenberg, Joey. Building Singing Communities: A Practical Guide to Unlocking the Power of Music in Jewish Prayer. New York: Segula, 2011.

Weisenberg, Joey. The Torah of MusicReflections on a Tradition of Singing and Song. New York: Hadar, 2017.

15. Reference

Adler, Israel. Hebrew Notated Manuscript Sources up to circa 1840: A Descriptive Catalogue with a Checklist of Printed Sources. Munich: G. Henle Verlag, 1989.

Adler, Israel, ed. Hebrew Writings Concerning Music in Manuscripts and Printed Books from Geonic Times up to 1800. Munich: G. Henle, 1975.

Adler, Israel. The Study of Jewish Music: A Bibliographical Guide. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1995.

Adler, Israel, and Judith Cohen. A. Z. Idelsohn Archives in the Jewish National and University Library: Catalogue. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1976.

Appleton, Lewis. Bibliography of Jewish Vocal Music. New York: National Jewish Book Council, 1968.

Bahat, Avner, ed. Jewish Music Listening Center Catalogue. Tel Aviv: Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984.

Edelman, Marsha Bryan. A Bibliography of Jewish Music. New York: The Hebrew Arts School, 1986.

Friedmann, Jonathan L., ed. Quotations on Jewish Sacred Music. Lanham, MD: Hamilton, 2011.

Frühauf, Tina. Experiencing Jewish Music in America: A Listener’s Companion. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018.

Gorali, Moshe. AMLI Studies in Music Bibliography. Haifa: The Haifa Music Museum and AMLI Library, 1974.

Grözinger, Karl Erich. Musik und Gesang in der Theologie der frühen jüdischen Literatur: Talmud, Midrasch, Mystik. Tübingen: Mohr, 1982.

Heskes, Irene. The Resource Book of Jewish Music: A Bibliographical and Topical Guide to the Book and Journal Literature and Program Materials. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1985.

Hofman, Shlomo. Music in the Talmud. Tel Aviv: Mif’am, 1976.

Idelsohn, Abraham Z. Thesaurus of Hebrew Oriental Melodies (10 volumes). Leipzig: Friedrich Hofmeister, 1914-1933.

Jacobson, Joshua R. A Selective Annotated Bibliography of Jewish and Israeli Choral Music. Newton, MA: HaZamir Publications, 1990.

Jaffe, Kenneth. Solo Vocal Works on Jewish Themes: A Bibliography of Jewish Composers. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2011.

Nulman, Macy. Concise Encyclopedia of Jewish Music. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1975.

Rosen-Bayewitz, Passi. Shiloah: Discovering Jewish Identity through Oral/Folk History: A Source Book. New York: Institute for Jewish Life, 1976.

Sendrey, Alfred. Bibliography of Jewish Music. New York: Columbia University Press, 1951.

Serge, Marcella. Bibliography of Jewish Music Bibliographies. Haifa: The Haifa Music Museum & AMLI Library, 1970.

Tischler, Alice. A Descriptive Bibliography of Art Music by Israeli Composers. Warren, MI: Harmonie Park, 1988.

Vinaver, Chemjo. Anthology of Jewish Music. New York: E. B. Marks, 1955.

Weisser, Albert. Bibliography of Publications and Other Resources on Jewish Music. New York: National Jewish Music Council, 1969.

Werner, Eric. In the Choir Loft: A Manual for Organists and Choir Directors in American Synagogues. New York: Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1957.

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