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Psalmody through the Ages: Music and the Book of Psalms

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The Jewish Music Forum invites you to the digital conference, Psalmody Through the Ages: Music and the Book of Psalms.

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The book of Psalms echoes from the ancient Jerusalem Temple to the modern concert hall, and its role as an inspiration for musical works is unquestionable. In this digital conference, we bring together scholars from across disciplines to begin to answer the following question: How are we to understand the relationship between the book of Psalms and the music it inspires?

The Jewish Music Forum, with the support of The UCLA Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music, is pleased to invite you to “Psalmody through the Ages: Music and the Book of Psalms.”

This conference will be held on November 1, 8, 15, and 22 via Zoom from 12pm to 1:30pm EST. Participating scholars will address historical perspectives on Psalms and musical worship, musical imagery in Psalms, cantillation of the Psalms, Psalms and music across the faiths, Psalms as liturgy, Psalms and the secular, composers of Psalm settings, and Psalms and the music of the ancient world. This conference aims to study Psalms and music across religious and secular traditions.

Our Schedule is as follows:

November 1: Psalms in/as Performance

“On the Musical Performance of Psalms and its Implications for Identifying Psalms as a Liturgical-Musical Category in the Ashkenazi Synagogue,” Boaz Tarsi

“Connections and Contextualization: Psalms in Samogohiri,” Cari Friesen

Respondent: Christine Dang

Chair: AJ Berkovitz

November 8: Negotiating Psalmscapes

“Hashamayim M’sap’rim K’vod Eil: The Music of Heavenly Spheres as Described in Psalm 19,” Sarah Grabiner

“The Psalm Settings of Salomon Jadassohn for Leipzig: A Study in Harmonic Practice,” Steven J. Cahn

Respondent: Samantha Zerin

Chair: Samantha Cooper

November 15: Psalms and Social Experience

“Communal Grief in the Anthems of William Billings,” Raz Reuel Taylor

“A Comparison of the Effects of Notational Systems on the Respective Psalm Chants of Sephardi Jewish Communities,” Isaac Treuherz

Respondent: Neely Bruce

Chair: Rachel Adelstein

November 22: Keynote

“Singing a Song of Zion: On Psalms as a Currency of Exile, Redemption, and Jewish National Consciousness,” by Yael Sela

All Jewish Music Forum programs are free and open to the public. Please RSVP on Eventbrite to reserve your spot today, whether you intend to join us for one or more sessions!

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