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The Most Musical NationJews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire$
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James Loeffler

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300137132

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300137132.001.0001

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National Voices, Imperial Echoes

National Voices, Imperial Echoes

Joel Engel and the Russian Jewish Musical Fin de Siècle

(p.56) Chapter 2 National Voices, Imperial Echoes
The Most Musical Nation

James Loeffler

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the contribution of composer Joel Engel to Russian Jewish music at the turn of the century. It explains that Engel pioneered the scholarly study of Jewish music and the idea of Jewish national art music, and that his twin search for an art and science of Jewish music fused the German science of Judaism and Russian musical ethnography. The chapter also discusses Engel's discovery that the actual voices of the Jewish people threatened to collapse his whole folkloric model of Russian Jewish music.

Keywords:   Joel Engel, Russian Jewish music, national art music, Judaism, Russian musical ethnography, folkloric model

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