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. Who created the written notation for cantillation notes?
Aaron the Priest
Question 2. 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 3. Henry Sapoznik's klezmer band, Kapelye, appeared in which Hollywood version of a famous novel?
Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion
Chaim Potok's The Chosen
Myron S. Kaufmann's Remember Me to God
Leon Uris' Exodus
Question 4. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
Question 5. Which of these facts about Debbie Friedman is NOT true?
Her "Alef bet" song has appeared on Barney the Dinosaur's TV show
Her compositions have become a lasting part of the Reform movement's liturgy
Her version of "V'ahavta" was co-written with James Taylor
She learned to play guitar at Jewish summer camp
Question 6. Which of these is an example of song in the Bible?
Abraham singing to God as he attempted to sacrifice Isaac
Moses and Miriam leading the people in song after the exodus from Egypt
The Israelites singing their complaints to God in the desert
All of these
Question 7. Which of the following songwriters is not Jewish?