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Jewish Music Quiz

Jewish music today extends well beyond the synagogue, to the concert halls of Israel, the Klezmer revival, and the reggae of Matisyahu. How much do you know about Jewish music?

Question 1. After the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, the topics of Israeli folk songs began to shift to:
 Describing the pastoral scenes of the land
 Describing the construction and build up of civilization in Israel, as well as the irrigation of the deserts
 The political reality of the new state and the desire of the Jewish people for peace
 Gender issues in the new state


Question 2. Which of the following songwriters is not Jewish?
 Alan Lerner
 Oscar Hammerstein
 Cole Porter
 Bob Dylan


Question 3. Salamone Rossi's great claim to Jewish musical fame came with his publication in 1623 of what work?
 Ha-Shirim Asher li-Shelomo
 Shir Ha Shirim
 Haleli Nafshi
 Adon Olam


Question 4. Klezmer music was inspired by which of these?
 Kibbutz life
 Shtetl life
 Life in the ghettos during the Holocaust
 The lives of George Gershwin and Irving Berlin


Question 5. Before the 19th century, what was a key difference between Sephardic and Ashkenazic musical traditions?
 Only Sephardic Jews maintained a secular musical tradition based in large part on the music of their non-Jewish neighbors
 Only Ashkenazic Jews incorporated music in prayer
 Sephardic Jews allowed women to sing, Ashkenazic Jews did not
 Ashkenazic Jews sang in much higher keys than Sephardic Jews


Question 6. When Wagner claimed in his essay "Judaism in Music" that Jews could never be "true" creators because they are parasitic, Arnold Schoenberg created what musical response?
 Cain and Abel
 Moses and Aaron
 Rachel and Leah
 Jacob and Esau


Question 7. Where is the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music located?
 New York City
 Tel Aviv