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.
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