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Let Jasmine Rain Down Song and Remembrance among Syrian Jews

ISBN-10: 0226752127
ISBN-13: 9780226752129
Edition: N/A
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $46.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/1/1998
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 310
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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.

Kay Kaufman Shelemay is G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

List of Illustrations
Author's Note
Acknowledgments
Jasmine: Poem on Sandpaper
Introduction Prelude
Song and Remembrance Prelude
Music and Migration in a Transnational Community Prelude
A Judeo-Arab Musical Tradition Prelude
Lived Musical Genres Prelude
Individual Creativity, Collective Memory Prelude
Conclusion: A Community in Song Embroidered Rag: Poem on
Notes
Glossary
Contents of Compact Disc
Bibliography
Discography
Formal Interviews
Music Sessions
Index

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