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Folk Music
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In contrast to music from the synagogue, Jewish folk music is a secular genre, encompassing vocal and instrumental music and tied in with the daily life of Jews. Like folk music of non-Jewish communities, and in contrast to the music of the bourgeois concert hall, it is considered a historical tradition of peasants and workers. Around the end of the 19th century Jewish scholars discovered folk music of Jews living in rural areas of Eastern Europe as a medium for the expression of national belonging.

The concept of Jewish folk music first took shape in the late 19th century [7…

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Gur, Golan, “Folk Music”, 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 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0982>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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