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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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The Art of Cantorial Singing in the Polish Territories

The Art of Cantorial Singing in the Polish Territories

(p.45) The Art of Cantorial Singing in the Polish Territories
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32

Bożena Muszkalska

Liverpool University Press

This chapter gives a general overview of the development of cantorial singing in the Polish lands. It discusses eastern Europe as the youngest when it came to the traditions of synagogue music. It also explains how eastern Europe is rooted in the Middle East and its direct origins lie in the medieval traditions of the Ashkenazi community in southern Germany. The chapter focuses on Poland and its pre-partition borders that became an important centre of Jewish culture, and the art of hazanut. It discusses the east European hazanim that were characterized by great mobility, which was the result of their studying with a hazan who did not live locally, of their attending Polish or foreign universities, and of travelling long distances with their meshorerim.

Keywords:   cantorial singing, Polish lands, synagogue music, eastern Europe, Ashkenazi community

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