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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands$
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François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764739

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764739.001.0001

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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32

François Guesnet

Benjamin Matis

Antony Polonsky

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Jewish musicians and Jewish music-making in the Polish lands. It examines the astounding variety of music of all genres and styles produced by musicians of Jewish heritage in Europe since 1750. It also places the modern study of Jewish music between Jewish studies, cultural studies, and the anthropology of music as a fascinating opportunity for a multi-disciplinary approach to the issues of Jewish musical life. The chapter explores the activities and creativity of Jewish musicians as they worked in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and its successor states. It describes the character of traditional cantorial and religious music and the way this was transformed by the changes in Jewish religious practice.

Keywords:   Jewish musicians, Jewish music-making, Polish lands, Jewish heritage, Jewish heritage, Jewish musical life

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