A New *Year*, a New *Site*, a New *Album* and Our* Biggest Giveaway Ever*! *Update: This promotion has now ended. * It has been a busy summer here at the Milken Archive. We have been hard at work on creating a brand new website.
Episode 13 of American Jewish Music from the Milken Archive with Leonard Nimoy* *concludes the marathon series with a journey to the heart of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music itself.
There are many threads that resonate throughout Jewish history, in one way or another impacting our lives today. Two such threads that have regrettably persisted are destruction and expulsion; so much so, that there is a three-week period dedicated to their contemplation.
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.