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Let Jasmine Rain Down: Song and Remembrance Among Syrian Jews with CD (Audio) (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology)

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When Jews left Aleppo, Syria, in the early twentieth century and established communities abroad, they carried with them a repertory of songs (pizmonim) with sacred Hebrew texts set to melodies borrowed from the popular Middle Eastern Arab musical tradition. Let Jasmine Rain Down tells the story of the pizmonim as they have continued to be composed, performed, and transformed through the present day; it is thus an innovative ethnography of an important Judeo-Arabic musical tradition and a probing contribution to studies of the link between collective memory and popular culture.

Shelemay views the intersection of music, individual remembrances, and collective memory through the pizmonim. Reconstructing a century of pizmon history in America based on research in New York, Mexico, and Israel, she explains how verbal and musical memories are embedded in individual songs and how these songs perform both what has been remembered and what otherwise would have been forgotten. In confronting issues of identity and meaning in a postmodern world, Shelemay moves ethnomusicology into the domain of memory studies.

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When Jews left Aleppo, Syria, in the early 20th century, they carried with them a repertory of songs (pizmonim) with sacred Hebrew texts set to melodies borrowed from the Middle Eastern Arab popular musical tradition. This book/CD-ROM package tells the story of the pizmonim as they have continued to be composed and performed. The companion CD-ROM contains musical selections. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Author's Note

Acknowledgments

Jasmine: Poem on Sandpaper

Introduction

Prelude: Sur Yah El

1: Song and Remembrance

Prelude: Attah El Kabbir

2: Music and Migration in a Transnational Community

Prelude: Ani Ashir Lakh

3: A Judeo-Arab Musical Tradition

Prelude: Ramah Evarai

4: Lived Musical Genres

Prelude: Yehidah Hitna'ari

5: Individual Creativity, Collective Memory

Prelude: Melekh Rahaman

6: Conclusion: A Community in Song

Embroidered Rag: Poem on Umm Kulthum

Notes

Glossary

Contents of Compact Disc

Bibliography

Discography

Formal Interviews

Music Sessions

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226752112
Author:
Shelemay, Kay Kaufman
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Shelemay
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Country & Folk
Subject:
Jews -- Syria -- Music -- History and criticism.
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Publication Date:
19981231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 halftones, 3 line drawings, 17 musica
Pages:
310
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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