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Performing Texts: Music, Liturgy, and Jewish Life | Syllabus (2012)

Performing Texts: Music, Liturgy, and Jewish Life | Syllabus (2012)

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Syllabus of the Seminar, "Performing Texts: Music, Liturgy, and Jewish Life" (University of California, Berkeley -- Department of Music, Fall 2012)
Syllabus of the Seminar, "Performing Texts: Music, Liturgy, and Jewish Life" (University of California, Berkeley -- Department of Music, Fall 2012)

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Dr. Francesco Spagnolo Music 179Office: 2121 Allston Way (TH 11-Noon) UC Berkeley Fall 2012E-mail:spagnoloacht@berkeley.edu2121 Allston WayOffice hours: TH 11-12 & by appointment TU & TH 9:30-11:00
PERFORMING TEXTS
 MUSIC, LITURGY & JEWISH LIFE
A core aspect of Jewish life and creativity in the global Diaspora, liturgyinvolves the interaction of texts, sounds, objects, architectural spaces and body language within the performative space of the synagogue. Theseelements and their related sources are often studied as separate culturalentities, according to distinct methodologies. A multi-disciplinary perspectiveon liturgy and ritual must instead integrate the study of language and literarytexts with musicology and ethnomusicology, the study of visual and materialcultures, anthropology and the investigation of everyday life.The performative nexus between text and music that emerges in the context of synagogue life opens the investigation to a variety of social andanthropological aspects of Jewish liturgy. Synagogue rituals are bothstructured communal performances dictated by religious authority, andarenas for the public display of variegated social issues, such as powerrelations, aesthetic sensibilities, and attitudes towards the “other,” often welloutside the synagogue and the Jewish communal sphere.In this seminar we will work hands-on with written texts, orally transmittedmusic, printed and manuscript music scores, ritual objects, visual sources,synagogue architectural plans, and observe the choreography of the ritual,examining primary and secondary sources and conducting field trips tocomplement our research on the performance/enactment of these dimensionswithin the dynamic context of synagogue life.The seminar is intended for students with particular interests in music, Jewishstudies, literature, ethnography and anthropology, and leverages theresources brought to UC Berkeley with the establishment of The MagnesCollection of Jewish Art and Life.
 
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COURSE REQUIREMENTS
 
1. Required Book
Idelsohn, Abraham Zvi,
 Jewish Liturgy and Its Development
(1932), New York, Dover1995 (BM 660 .I14http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/record=b16345410~S1)
2. Encyclopedias
 
Grove
:
Grove Music Online
 ,http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com(Jewish Music)
 
EJ 
: Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik eds.
Encyclopaedia Judaica
 , 2
nd
ed. 2007,http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/record=b15334567~S1 
3. Reading Assignments (PDFs on bSpace; ebooks on ebrary, etc.)
Alvarez-Pereyre, Frank. “Towards an Interdisciplinary Study of Jewish OralTraditions,” in
 Jewish Oral Traditions - An Interdisciplinary. Approach
 , ed. by I.Adler, F. Alvarez-Pereyre, E. Seroussi and L. Shalem
Yuval
VI/1994: 11-33( bSpace)Avenary, Hanoch. “The Aspects of Time and Environment in Jewish TraditionalMusic,”
Israel Studies in Musicology
4 (1987): 93–123 ( bSpace)Biale, David ed.
Cultures of the Jews: A New History
 ,
 
New York, Schocken Books 2002(ebrary)Feldman, Walter Zev. "The Transformation of Klezmer Dance Genre: Bulgareasca,Bulgarish, Bulgar."
Ethnomusicology
38/I (Winter 1994): 1-36 ( JSTOR)Feuchtwanger-Sarig, Naomi. ‘May He Grow to the Torah…’: The Iconography of Torah Reading and
Bar Mitzvah
on Ashkenazi Torah Binders, in Ruth Langer andSteven Fine eds.
Liturgy in the Life of the Synagogue: Studies in the History of JewishPrayer
 , Winona Lake, Ind., Eisenbrauns 2005: 161-176 ( bSpace)Frigyesi, Judit. “Preliminary Thoughts toward the Study of Music without ClearBeat: The Example of ‘Flowing Rhythm’ in Jewish ‘Nusah,’”
Asian Music
24.2(Spring–Summer 1993): 59–88 ( JSTOR)Heilman, Samuel C.
Synagogue Life. A Study in Symbolic Interaction
 , The University of Chicago Press 1976 (repr. 1998) ( bSpace)Hesser, Garry and Andrew J. Weigert. “Comparative Dimensions of Liturgy: AConceptual Framework and Feasibility Application,”
Sociological Analysis
41/3(Autumn, 1980): 215-229 ( JSTOR)Hoffman, Jeffrey, “
Akdamut:
History, Folklore, and Meaning,”
 Jewish Quarterly Review
 99/2 (Spring 2009): 161-183 (MUSE)Horowitz, Elliott. “The Eve of the Circumcision. A Chapter in the History of JewishNightlife,”
 Journal of Social History
 , XXIII/1989: 45-70 ( JSTOR)Katsman, Roman. “Gestures Accompanying Torah Learning/Recital AmongYemenite Jews”
Gesture
7/1 (2007): 1-19 ( bSpace)Levine, Lee I.
The Ancient Synagogue: The First Thousand Years
 , Yale University Press,New Haven 2000 (ebrary)Lieber, Laura S. “The Rhetoric of Participation: Experiential Elements of EarlyHebrew Liturgical Poetry,”
The Journal of Religion
90/2 (April 2010): 119-147( JSTOR)Mann, Vivian B. "Art and Material Culture of Judaism—Medieval through ModernTimes,"
Encyclopaedia of Judaism
 , General Editors Jacob Neusner , Alan J. Avery-Peck and William Scott Green, Brill, 2006http://www.brillonline.nl/public/art-material-culture 
 
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Sarna, Jonathan D. “Jewish Prayers for the United States Government: A Study inthe Liturgy of Politics and the Politics of Liturgy” in Ruth Langer and Steven Fineeds.
Liturgy in the Life of the Synagogue: Studies in the History of Jewish Prayer
 ,Winona Lake, Ind., Eisenbrauns 2005: 205-224 (bSpace)Seroussi, Edwin. “Music: The ‘Jew’ of Jewish Studies”
 Jewish Studies
46/2009: 3-84http://www.jewish-music.huji.ac.il/upload/Studies.pdf  Vitz, Evelyn Birge. “Liturgy as Education in the Middle Ages” in
 Medieval education
 ,edited by Ronald B. Begley and Joseph W. Koterski, New York, FordhamUniversity Press 2005: 20-34 (ebrary)
4. Musical Sources (mp3 files on bSpace)
An invitation to Piyut
 http://www.piyut.org.il/english/ 
Hazanout
 , Inédit – Maison des Cultures du Monde, Paris 1989 W260005
 Musical Traditions in Israel: Treasures of the National Sound Archives
 , Jerusalem 1999
 Jerusalem in Hebrew Prayer and Song
 , GEMA CD 66.21201
5. Additional resources used in class
Make sure you use theUC Berkeley Library help pages(including the guidelines foraccessing electronic resources from Off Campus) and that you have full access to thefollowing resources:
 
UCB Library Image and Sound Databases
 http://bit.ly/OjA9Nn 
 
JSTOR
 http://www.jstor.organd Project MUSEhttp://muse.jhu.edu/ 
 
ebrary
 http://site.ebrary.com/lib/berkeley/home.action 
 
UC Press E-Books collection
 http://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/ 
 
The Magnes Collection database
 http://www.magnesalm.org 
 
National Library of Israel digital library
 http://web.nli.org.il/sites/NLI/English/digitallibrary/ 
 
Jewish Languages Research Website
http://www.jewish-languages.org/
 
 
Synagogues 360
 http://www.synagogues360.org 
A Song of Dawn: The Jerusalem Sephardi Baqqashot at the Har Tzyion Synagogue
 , Essica Marks ed. Jerusalem 2007 AMTI CD 0701
An Early 20
th
-Century Sephardi Troubadour. The Historical Recordings of Haim Effendi of Turkey
 ,Edwin Seroussi and Rivka Havassi eds., Jerusalem 2008 AMTI CD 0801
Italian Jewish Musical Traditions: The Recordings of Leo Levi (1954-1961)
 , Francesco Spagnolo ed.,Rome-Jerusalem 2001, AMTI CD 0102
 Jewish Music Between East and West
 , program notes by Jan Radzynski and Edwin Seroussi,Melton Center for Jewish Studies at the Ohio State University, 2003
 Jüdische Lebenswelten – Patterns of Jewish Life
 , Schott Wergo 1993, SM 1602-2
 Mysteries of the Sabbath Classic Cantorial Recordings: 1907-1947
 , Henry Sapoznik ed.,Shanachie 1994, Yazoo 7002
Oh, Lovely Parrot! - Jewish Women's Songs from Kerala
 , Barbara C. Johnson ed., Jerusalem 2004,AMTI CD 0403
Sacred Music of the Moroccan Jews
,
collected by Paul Bowles, Edwin Seroussi ed., RounderRecords 2000, 82161-5087-2
Synagogal Music in the Baroque
 , Vol. 1, Jerusalem 1991, AMTI CD 9101, and Vol. 3, Israel Adlered., Jerusalem 1996, AMTI CD 9601
The Hasidic Nigun as Sung by the Hasidim
 , Yaakov Mazor ed., Jerusalem 2004, AMTI CD 0402
The Western Sephardi Liturgical Tradition
 , Edwin Seroussi ed., Jerusalem 2004, AMTI CD 0401
With Songs they Respond: The Diwan of the Jews from Central Yemen
 , Avner and Naomi Bahateds., Jerusalem 2007, AMTI CD 0601

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