Lachmann: The Oriental Music Broadcasts, 1936–1937

Series: Oral Traditions  Publisher: A-R Editions
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Robert Lachmann
The Oriental Music Broadcasts, 1936–1937
A Musical Ethnography of Mandatory Palestine

Edited by Ruth F. Davis

OT010 Lachmann: The Oriental Music Broadcasts, 1936–1937
978-0-89579-776-6 Full Score + CD (2013) 9x12, xliv+ 124 pp. + CD
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The ethnomusicologist Robert Lachmann (1892–1939) wrote and presented twelve radio programs entitled Oriental Music, which were transmitted by the Palestine Broadcasting Service between November 1936 and April 1937. The programs, which formed part of Lachmann’s pioneering project to establish an “Oriental music archive” at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, included live performances of traditional music representing the different ethnic and religious communities of Palestine, performances that were simultaneously recorded onto metal disc.
This edition presents Lachmann’s scripts with musical transcriptions of performances, transcriptions and translations of the sung texts, and selected digitally restored musical recordings (provided on the accompanying set of compact discs). The introduction and editorial commentaries explore Lachmann’s radio lectures as they relate to his body of research on “Oriental music” and to wider concerns of scholarship, politics, and ideology. This edition will appeal to scholars of Middle Eastern cultural history and ethnomusicology, and especially to those interested in the history of sound archives, recording and broadcasting, the intellectual history of ethnomusicology, and the history, theory, and aesthetics of Middle Eastern music.
Program 1 (18 September 1936)
Program 2: Liturgical Songs of the Yemenite Jews (2 December 1936)
Program 3: Coptic Liturgical Chant and Hymns (16 December 1936)
Program 4: Liturgical Songs of the Kurdish Jews (6 January 1937)
Program 5: Bedouin Sung Poetry Accompanied by the Rabāba (20 January 1937)
Program 6: Liturgical Cantillation and Songs of the Samaritans (3 February 1937)
Program 7: Men’s Songs for a Yemenite Jewish Wedding (17 February 1937)
Program 8: Women’s Songs for a Yemenite Jewish Wedding (3 March 1937)
Program 9: Arab Urban Music: Maqām (16 March 1937)
Program 10: Music from the Western Arab World (31 March 1937)
Program 11: Music from the Eastern Arab World (14 April 1937)
Program 12: Men’s Songs for an Arab Village Wedding in Central Palestine (28 April 1937)