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. 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?
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
Question 4. Klezmer music was inspired by which of these?
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