Journal

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, in association with Liverpool University Press (since 2020)

Polin. Studies in Polish Jewry 32 (2020)

Publisher François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, Antony Polonsky (eds.)
Language English

ISSN: 978-1-906764-73-9

With its five thematic sections covering genres from cantorial to classical to klezmer, this pioneering multi-disciplinary volume presents rich coverage of the work of musicians of Jewish origin in the Polish lands. It opens with the musical consequences of developments in Jewish religious practice: the spread of hasidism in the eighteenth century meant that popular melodies replaced traditional cantorial music, while the greater acculturation of Jews in the nineteenth century brought with it synagogue choirs. Jewish involvement in popular culture included performances for the wider public, Yiddish songs and the Yiddish theatre, and contributions of many different sorts---technical and commercial as well as creative---in the interwar years. Chapters on the classical music scene cover Jewish musical institutions, organizations, and education; individual composers and musicians; and a consideration of music and Jewish national identity. One section is devoted to the Holocaust as reflected in Jewish music, and the final section deals with the afterlife of Jewish musical creativity in Poland, particularly the resurgence of interest in klezmer music. The essays in this collection do not attempt to to define what may well be undefinable---what 'Jewish music' is. Rather, they provide an original and much-needed exploration of the activities and creativity of 'musicians of the Jewish faith'.

JEWS AND MUSIC-MAKING IN THE POLISH LANDS

Table of Contents

Introduction
François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky

Cantorial and Religious Music
A Chestnut, a Grape, and a Pack of Lions: A Shabbos in Płock with a Popular Synagogue Singer in the Early Nineteenth Century
Daniel S. Katz

Moshe Koussevitzky (1899--1966) in Vilna, Warsaw, and Russia
Akiva Zimmermann

The Art of Cantorial Singing in the Polish Territories
Bożena Muszkalska

JEWS IN POPULAR MUSICAL CULTURE IN POLAND

Musical Afterthoughts on Shmeruk's 'Mayufes'
Bret Werb

Servant Romances: Eighteenth-Century Yiddish Lyric and Narrative Folk Songs
Michael Lukin

Broder Singers: Forerunners of the Yiddish Theatre
Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel

Gimpel's Theatre, Lwów: The Sounds of a Popular Yiddish Theatre Preserved on Gramophone Records, 1904--1913
Michael Aylward

The Polish Tin Pan Alley, a Jewish Street
Robert A. Rothstein

On the Dance Floor, on the Screen, on the Stage. Popular Music in the Interwar Period: Polish, Jewish, Shared
Tamara Sztyma

The Jews in the Band: Anders Army's Special Troupes
Beth Holmgren

Szpilman, Bajgelman, Barsht: The Legacy of an Extended Polish Jewish Klezmer Family
Joel E. Rubin

Władysław Szpilman's Post-War Career in Poland
Filip Mazurczak

Abraham Ellstein's Film Scores: Some Less Obvious Sources
Ronald Robboy

JEWS IN THE POLISH CLASSICAL MUSIC SCENE

The 'Lust Machine': Recording and Selling the Jewish Nation in the Late Russian Empire
James Loeffler

Leo Zeitlin and the Flourishing of Jewish Art Music in Early 1920s Vilna
Paula Eisenstein-Baker

'Jewish Composers are the Crowning Achievements of Foreign Nations': Jewish Identity and Yiddish Nationalism in the Writings of Menachem Kipnis
Julia Riegel

Ostbahnhof Berlin: Jewish Music Students of East European Origin at the Berlin Music Conservatory, 1918--1933
Adam J. Sacks

Jewish Music Organizations in Interwar Galicia
Sylwia Jakubczyk-Ślęczka

Jewish Composers of Polish Music after 1939: A Story in Lists and Numbers
Maja Trochimczyk

Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern's American Years
Sławomir Dobrzański

THE HOLOCAUST REFLECTED IN JEWISH MUSIC

'My Song, You Are My Strength': Personal Repertoires of Polish and Yiddish Songs of Young Survivors of the Łódź Ghetto
Joseph D. Toltz

Singing Their Way Home
Eliyana R. Adler

The Nazi Confiscation of Wanda Landowska's Musical Collection and Its Aftermath
Carla Shapreau

Music as a 'Paper Bridge' between Generations before and after the Holocaust
Bella Szwarcman-Czarnota

KLEZMER IN POLAND TODAY

The Klezmer Revival in Poland as a Contact Zone
Magdalena Waligórska

The Sound of Change: Performing 'Jewishness' in Small Polish Towns
Eleanor Shapiro