Tina Frühauf

The Organ and Its Music in German-Jewish Culture

for: Organ

Boek (softcover)

Item no.769667
Author/ComposerTina Frühauf
Scope298 pages; 15.6 × 23.4 cm
Release year2012
Publisher/ProducerOxford University Press
Producer No.OUP 9780199896486
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The Organ and Its Music in German-Jewish Culture examines the powerful but often overlooked presence of the organ in synagogue music and the musical life of German-speaking Jewish communities. Tina Frühauf expertly chronicles the history of the organ in Jewish culture from the earliest references in the Talmud through the 19th century, when it had established a firm and lasting presence in Jewish sacred and secular spaces in central Europe.

Frühauf demonstrates how the introduction of the organ into German synagogues was part of the significant changes which took place in Judaism after the Enlightenment, and posits the organ as a symbol of the division of the Jewish community into Orthodox and Reform congregations.

Newly composed organ music for Jewish liturgy after this division became part of a cross-cultural music tradition in 19th and 20th century Germany, when a specific style of organ music developed which combined elements of Western and Jewish cultures. Concluding with a discussion of the organ in Jewish communities in Israel and the USA, the book presents in-depth case studies which illustrate how the organ has been utilized in the musical life of specific Jewish communities in the 20th century.

Based on extensive research in the archives of organ builders and Jewish musicians, The Organ and Its Music in German-Jewish Culture offers comprehensive and detailed descriptions of specific organs as well as fascinating portraits of Jewish organists and composers. With an extensive companion website featuring full color illustrations and over 200 organ dispositions, this book will be eagerly read by performers, students, and scholars of the organ, as well as students and scholars in historical musicology and Jewish music.


  • 1 The Organ, Jewish Music, and Identity
  • 2 Jewish "Curiosities": The Organ in Judaism Before 1800
  • The Jewish Literature of Early Modernity
  • Pictorial Sources of Different Cultural and Religious Provenance
  • Meshorerim as the Forerunners of Organ Accompaniment
  • The Synagogues of Prague and Venice
  • 3 The Organ as a Jewish Religious Response to Modernity
  • From Liturgical Reforms to a New Musical Identity
  • The Synagogue Organ in the Context of Organ Building Traditions
  • Intermezzo: Sharing the Console-The Synagogue Organist
  • The Synagogue Organist in the Framework of Christian Traditions
  • Organists at the New Synagogue in Berlin
  • The Impact of the Organist Question
  • 4 Organ Music in Jewish Communities
  • From Lewandowski to Schalit: The Stylistic Development of Jewish Organ Music
  • Departure and Destruction: Organ Music in the "Spiritual Ghetto"
  • 5 The Aftermath of Emigration
  • Limitations in the "Land of Opportunity"
  • The Organ in Israeli Culture-A Bridge between East and West
  • 6 Between Assimilation and Dissimilation: The Jewish Community in the Course of Modernity
  • Notes, Bibliography, Index-Names, Index-Places