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The Organ and its Music in German-Jewish Culture

Tina Fruhauf


This book examines the powerful but often overlooked presence of the organ in synagogue music and the musical life of German-speaking Jewish communities. The author chronicles the history of the organ in Jewish culture from the earliest references in the Talmud through to the 19th century, by which time it had established a firm and lasting presence in Jewish sacred and secular spaces in central Europe. She demonstrates how the introduction of the organ into German synagogues was part of the significant changes that took place in Judaism after the Enlightenment, and posits the organ as a symbo ... More

Keywords: organ, synagogue music, Jewish communities, Talmud, Europe, Judaism, Enlightenment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195337068
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tina Fruhauf, author