German-Jewish Organ Music

Series: 19th and Early 20th Centuries  Publisher: A-R Editions
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German-Jewish Organ Music
An Anthology of Works from the 1820s to the 1960s

Edited by Tina Frühauf

N059 German-Jewish Organ Music
978-0-89579-761-2 Full Score (2013) 9x12, xxvi + 131 pp.
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This anthology traces the main phases of the history and stylistic development of organ music in the Reform Jewish communities in Central Europe, as well as in the German-influenced communities of Königsberg (Kaliningrad) and Odessa, and works by German-Jewish composers who emigrated to the United States and Israel after World War II. The small but respectable body of compositions for the organ in the synagogue is represented by fourteen exemplary works; the pieces span the period beginning with the Reform movement in the early nineteenth century to post-Holocaust works in the mid-twentieth century. Initially oriented predominantly toward Christian models, a specifically Jewish style of organ music emerged in the late nineteenth century, made up of elements of both Jewish and Western musical cultures. The selected repertoire featured in the anthology, although all emanating from the same cultural milieu, is based on a wide variety of musical thematic material, including biblical cantillation, nineteenth-century synagogue song, Yiddish folk song, and the musical traditions of various Jewish cultural groups (Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Yemenite). Some of the repertoire corresponds to detailed analyses already published previously in the editor’s monograph The Organ and Its Music in German-Jewish Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).
Anonymous, Introduction zur Thodenfeier
Hugo Schwantzer, Praeludium zur Einweihung der neuen Synagoge zu Berlin, Op. 19
Louis Lewandowski, Fünf Fest-Präludien, Op. 37
    No. 1. Andante maestoso
    No. 2. Andante con moto
    No. 3. Largo
    No. 4. Andantino
    No. 5. Andante
Eduard Birnbaum, Fünf Präludien zum Priestersegen
    No. 1. Ostern
    No. 2. Pfingsten
    No. 3. Laubhütten
    No. 4. Neujahr
    No. 5. Versöhnungstag
Joseph Sulzer, Vier Präludien, Op. 10
    No. 1. Andante maestoso
    No. 2. Larghetto
    No. 3. Lento e lugubre
    No. 4. Andante religioso
Ludwig Mendelssohn, Kol Nidre, Op. 99a
David Nowakowsky, Preludium zum Abend am Purimfest
Ernst August Beyer, Praeludium und Fuge über synagogale Melodieen
Arno Nadel, Passacaglia über “Wadonaj pakad ess ssarah”
Max Wolff, Prelude
Siegfried Würzburger, Passacaglia und Fuge über “Kol Nidre”
Hans Samuel, Variations in Canonic Style on “Aot ketanah”
Hugo Chaim Adler, Meditation
Heinrich Schalit, Organ Prelude
Eduard Birnbaum, “Ostern,” Alternative Version from US-CIhc, Mus. 114d
Hans Samuel, Variations in Canonic Style on “Aot ketanah,” Alternative Variations from Version 4 (Variation 6, Alternative Variation 11, Variations 12 and 13, Variations 12a and 13a)
Kimberly Marshall, Nineteenth-Century Music Review 12 (2015): 197-98.