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Chosen Voices: The Story of the American Cantorate (Music in American Life)

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Chosen Voices is the definitive survey of an often overlooked aspect of American Jewish history and ethnomusicology and an insider's look at a profession that is also a vocation.<P>Week after week, year after year, Jews turn to sacred singers for spiritual and emotional support. The job of the hazzan — much more than the traditional "messenger to God" — is deeply embedded in cultural, social, and religious symbolism, negotiated between the congregation and its chosen voices.<P>Drawing on archival sources, interviews with cantors, and photographs, Slobin traces the development of the American cantorate from the nebulous beginnings of the hazzan as a recognizable figure through the heyday of the superstar sacred singer in the early twentieth century to a diverse portrait of today's cantorate, which now includes women as well as men. Slobin's focus on the current nature of the profession includes careful consideration of the sacred singer's part in creating and maintaining the worship service, the recent relationship between the rabbi and the hazzan within the synagogue, and the music that contemporary cantors sing. A thirty-five-minute cassette for use with Chosen Voices is available separately from the University of Illinois Press. This first paperback edition inclused a new preface by the author.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252070891
Author:
Slobin, Mark
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Location:
Urbana, IL
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Voice
Subject:
Cantors (Judaism)
Subject:
Cantors
Subject:
Christianity - Ritual & Practice
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Voice
Subject:
Christian Rituals & Practice - General
Subject:
Cantors (Judaism) -- United States.
Subject:
Religious - Jewish
Subject:
Music-Vocal Scores
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Music in American Life (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. 265
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » General
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruction and Study » Voice
Religion » Comparative Religion » Religious Experience

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