Cover Osteuropa 8-10/2008

In Osteuropa 8-10/2008

“The Scandal was Perfect”
Jewish Music in the Works of European Composers

Jascha Nemtsov

Deutsche Fassung


Well into the 19th century, Jewish music went largely unnoticed in European culture or was treated dismissively. Russian composers wrote the first chapter of musical Judaica. At the start of the 20th century, a Jewish national school of music was established in Russia; this school later influenced the work of many composers in Western Europe. Since the Holocaust, Jewish music has become not only a folklore element but a political and moral symbol.

(Osteuropa 8-10/2008, pp. 183–210)

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