Avodath Hakodesh
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Avodath Hakodesh (Hebr.; "sacred service") is the title of a composition for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra by the Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch (1880–1959). The basis for the work is the reformed Sabbath liturgy of the Union Prayer Book for Jewish Worship. Its paradox, and a key reason for its historical importance, lies in its double nature as "Western" art music and "Jewish" synagogue music.

1. Introduction

Avodath Hakodesh was the first art…

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David M. Schiller, Athens (GA), “Avodath Hakodesh”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 19 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0065>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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