Ask the question “Who is the greatest Jewish composer?” and many will say Ernest Bloch. The Swiss-born Jew, who became an important figure on the American scene, composed a host of works connected to his Jewish identity and the liturgy.
What started out as instrumental music to be played at Jewish events has become an art form so closely associated with Jewish tradition that it’s often the first music that comes to mind when we think of a Jewish celebration.
Utter the name Darius Milhaud (1872–1974) and American Jewish music might not be the first thing that comes to mind. The prolific composer, known for polytonality and aleatoric approaches to composition, grew up in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France.
The early sunrises and late sunsets of summer are not just a sign of the passage of time, they’re also a reminder that wedding season is upon us (and not just because of the song from Fiddler on the Roof).
The land of Israel and all that it symbolizes has long loomed large in the American Jewish imagination, but this was especially true in the years surrounding its establishment of statehood.
Rabbi Morton M. Leifman, a highly respected scholar, educator, and member of the Milken Archive's Editorial Board, has died. An obituary posted by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency lists the date of death as May 5th.
Composer Ursula Mamlok, known for music that marries conventional tonality to a modernist aesthetic, died on May 4, 2016. She was 93 and visiting Berlin. Mamlok wrote over 75 works, including compositions for orchestra, chamber ensemble, chorus, and soloist.
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) begins tonight. Just as Jews around the world finish celebrating the exodus from Egypt, we are faced with one of history’s most tragic events.
Jazz is widely considered America’s most important contribution to the world of music. So it’s hardly any wonder that Jews—who not only acculturated themselves to the American experience but quickly began to shape its soundscape—played a role in jazz’s development and popularization.
Hugo Weisgall’s earliest memory involved singing in a synagogue choir on Yom Kippur. He was three years old. His father—a cantor—was at war. His aunt and uncle had just received word that their son was missing in action.