Jewish Music QuizJewish 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. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
Question 2. Bob Dylan's 1983 album, Infidels, contains an implicitly pro-Zionist song called:
Highway Sixty One Revisited
I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine
Blowin' in the Wind
Question 3. Which event brought Cantor Yosselle Rosenblatt to the attention of the New York Times in 1917?
His refusal of Cleofonte Campanini's offer to sing the lead at the Chicago Opera
His appearance at the New York Public Library for the War Savings Stamp Campaign, when he sang "The Star Spangled Banner"
Leading the prayer service at the First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek, one of New York's premier synagogues
When he sang before a crowd of 6,000 at the Hippodrome Theater to raise funds for Jews suffering in Europe
Question 4. 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 5. What is the Hebrew name for the melodies to which traditional prayers are chanted?
Question 6. Hava Nagila began as:
A Hasidic melody in Eastern Europe
A folk melody from the Zionist movement
A revolution song sung by the Jews in concentration camps
A biblical melody sung by the priests in the Temple
Question 7. What factor has contributed to the development of a rich tradition of classical music in Israel?
A government policy to fund "Western" music, as opposed to "Eastern" music
The belief that classical music could instil Zionist values
The popularity of the Eurovision competition
The immigration of European musicians to Israel