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Music
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Music has always been an integral part of Jewish religion and culture. Yet the term “Jewish music” did not appear until the middle of the 19th century. Its emergence marked a turning point in both the Jewish artistic self-understanding and the modern ideology of cultural antisemitism. Richard Wagner’s antisemitic manifesto Das Judenthum in der Musik (1850/1869; “Judaism in Music,” 1907) established the myth of the Jews as a non-creative people in European culture.

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Loeffler, James, “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 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0569>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312



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