PEOPLE AND ITS MUSIC:
THE JEWISH MUSIC HERITAGE LIBRARY
The songs, lyrics and melodies of the Jewish people record much more than
historical facts-- they reveal the colorful range of the Jewish spirit set
against the backdrop of world history.
This outstanding series,
conceived and produced by educator and composer Dr. Tzipora H. Jochsberger,
a comprehensive look at Jewish music around the world. Directed
by Asher Tlalim, each program
is narrated by Martin Bookspan.
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"Extremely well produced... have achieved a nearly
perfect balance between the accurate presentation of historical data and
the expressive interpretation of living traditions."-Video Rating
"Presents our colorful musical heritage in a fascinating,
mesmerizing manner, second to none." -Naomi Shemer, Composer,
"Jerusalem of Gold"
"This series is a must for
schools, university libraries, community centers, synagogues and for the home." -Ethnomusicology
Toward the Twentieth Century
Filmed in Vienna and St. Petersburg, this video illustrates the influence
that 19th century European music exerted on Jewish music of that period.
Solomon Sulzer, for example, created rich choral works for the synagogue
which emulate the musical style of Schubert and other composers of the
period. Members of the St. Petersburg Society of Jewish Folk Music,
such as Joseph Achron and Joel Engel, turned Yiddish folksongs into art
works. The video features the Schubert Boys Choir of Vienna, conducted
by Matthew Lazar, Cantor Shmuel Barzilai, and Joseph Dorfman.
30 minutes, #781, Color, DVD, $29.95
The Music of Yemenite Jewry
An unusual sense of togetherness and an abundance of musical talent
are the unique traits of Yemenite Jews. Mourning for the destruction of
the Second Temple resulted in the prohibition of using musical instruments.
Stringent in their observance, Yemenite Jews accepted this ban literally,
and instead of developing the playing of musical instruments, they perfected
singing and rhythm, drumming and dancing. The songs sung by Yemenite
men are inspired by the Diwan, a compilation of poetry dating back 300
years, while the women sing ballads of love and family. Performances
by Yemenite vocalists Ofra Haza and Noa (Achinoam Nini) highlight this unique
"A valuable addition..."-Video Rating
Honorable Mention, Columbus Int'l Film/Video
27 min., #793, Color, DVD, $29.95
The Music of Eastern European Jewry
A nostalgic look at the music of Eastern European Jewry. In this
video, we are treated to Yiddish folksongs, the liturgical music of the
synagogue, Klezmer melodies as well as Yiddish theater tunes, all of which
are the essential components of Ashkenazic music. The joy and the
sadness, the sacred and the secular, the old world and the new, are all
represented in this compilation of Jewish music of Eastern Europe.
Along with contemporary performances by such actors as Shmuel, Henya and
Anat Atzmon, the video features vintage archival footage of life in Eastern
Europe as it existed prior to World War II.
"An excellent introduction to the diverse musical
traditions and social contexts found within Yiddish repertoire"-Video Rating Guide
28 min., #791, Color, DVD, $29.95
Over 500 years have passed since the expulsion of the Jews from Spain.
But despite having been scattered to the far corners of the globe, Sephardic
Jewry has managed to preserve its rich musical heritage. This unusual
video enables the viewer to hear and learn about the beautiful Ladino tunes
of the Middle Ages, as well as lullabies, wedding tunes, music of the synagogue
and songs of mourning. The video features Eva Pitlick's Vocal Ensemble
and well-known singer Mira Zakai.
"The program manages to show the diversity within
the Sephardic community, which has dispersed throughout the world, as well as its common heritage.
Highly recommended."-Video Rating Guide
Finalist Award, The New York Festivals
27 min., #792, Color, DVD, $29.95
Israel: Sounds in Search of a
What is Israeli music? Are there any uniquely Israeli melodies and rhythms? What
do the music of Ariel Zilber, Naomi Shemer, Shlomo Gronich, prayers in a
Yemenite synagogue, songs of the Samaritans, Kobi Oz, Tipax and Ra’ash have in
common? This journey appropriately gathers the multiplicity of sounds of all of
the immigrants to Israel who brought their music with them from the four corners
of the earth. What emerges is a strong sense of unity within the diversity.
51 min., #788, Color, DVD, $29.95
The Music of Hassidic Jews
Music plays a central role in the daily life of the Hassidic community.
The famed Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav taught his students that one can pray
not only through speech and words, but also through song. Filmed
within the Hassidic community, we are treated to beautiful Hassidic melodies,
sung in prayer, at celebrations and at many other significant events in
the day to day life of Hassidic Jews.
28 min., #794, Color, DVD, $29.95
Toward Jerusalem: The Music of Seven
Throughout the ages, Jews from all corners of the world have dreamed
of coming to Jerusalem. This video focuses on the varied musical
work of seven ethnic groups of instrumentalists and singers from around
Israel, who gather together in order to perform for and meet one another.
We meet them in their own surroundings as they prepare for their trip to
Jerusalem. Israeli rock star Ehud Banai, who throughout his career has
made use of ethnic sounds in his own compositions, joins the musicians.
The video features music ensembles from Persia, India, Iraq, Ethiopia,
Kurdistan, Georgia and Tajikistan.
28 min., #796, Color, DVD, $29.95
Day The Heart Opens: A Concert of Ethnic Music
Seven music ensembles from Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Iraq, Kurdistan,
Persia, and Tajikistan gather at David's Tower in Jerusalem for a concert,
presenting authentic instruments and melodies characteristic of their communities.
Some of the instruments featured are the santour, a Persian dulcimer; the
oud, an Arabic lute; the darabukka, an Arabic drum; and the sorna, a Kurdish
wind instrument. One of the highlights of the concert is a new song,
composed by rock star Ehud Banai for the occasion.
28 min., #797, Color, DVD, $29.95
The Music of Moroccan Jews
The Moroccan Jews of North Africa created their own unique musical
form of expression by borrowing tunes from their Arab neighbors and adding
Hebrew texts to them. Filmed on location in Morocco and Israel, this
entertaining video focuses on the unique character and flavor of the poetry,
messianic songs and tunes that evolved into the basis of authentic Moroccan
Jewish music. Featuring Shlomo Bar and Habrera Hativit Ensemble.
28 min., #795, Color, DVD, $29.95
Salomone Rossi- Between Worlds
Salomone Rossi, an important Jewish composer of the Renaissance and
Baroque era, was the first to introduce choral music into the synagogue.
Filmed on location in magnificent Italian palaces and synagogues in Mantua
and Venice, Rossi's works are brilliantly performed by outstanding Israeli
and Italian musicians who specialize in the music of this period. The video
also features reconstructed dances created by Jewish dancing masters of
the 16th and 17th centuries. Performed in authentic costumes, these dancers
are sure to transport the viewer back to the magical world of yesteryear.
Featuring Drora Brook, Isidoro Roitman, Roberto Gini and Manuela Norsa.
28 min., #798, Color, DVD, $29.95