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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32: Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands

François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky


With its five thematic sections covering genres from cantorial to classical to klezmer, this pioneering multi-disciplinary volume presents rich coverage of the work of musicians of Jewish origin in the Polish lands. It opens with the musical consequences of developments in Jewish religious practice: the spread of hasidism in the eighteenth century meant that popular melodies replaced traditional cantorial music, while the greater acculturation of Jews in the nineteenth century brought with it synagogue choirs. Jewish involvement in popular culture included performances for the wider public, Yi ... More

Keywords: Poland, Jewish religious practice, Hasidism, Yiddish songs, Yiddish theatre, classical music, Jewish national identity, Holocaust, Jewish music, klezmer music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764739
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

François Guesnet, editor

Benjamin Matis, editor

Antony Polonsky, editor

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Part I Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands


François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky

Cantorial and Religious Music

Jews in Popular Musical Culture in Poland

Servant Romances

Michael Lukin

Broder Singers

Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel

Gimpel’s Theatre, Lwów

Michael Aylward

The Jews in the Band

Beth Holmgren

Jews in the Polish Classical Music Scene

The ‘Lust Machine’

James Loeffler

Ostbahnhof Berliń

Adam J. Sacks

The Holocaust Reflected in Jewish Music

Singing Their Way Home

Eliyana R. Adler

Klezmer in Poland Today

The Sound of Change

Eleanor Shapiro

Part II Obituaries

Sir Sigmund Sternberg

Antony Polonsky

Jerzy Jedlicki

Antony Polonsky

Richard Pipes

Antony Polonsky

Leopold Kozłowski

Antony Polonsky