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Hebrew Cantillation as an Influence on Composition (1982)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195151152
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850044 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151152.003.0027
Hebrew Cantillation as an Influence on Composition (1982)

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This chapter presents Reich's essay, written a few years after coming back from a visit to Israel in 1977 when he recorded Sephardic Jews from Baghdad, Yemen, Kurdistan, and Cochin, India, all chanting the same opening verses of Bereshith (Genesis). He says that the seeds of his interest in Hebrew cantillation began with his desire to learn more about his own ethnic and religious background.

Keywords: ethnicity; Bereshith; Hebrew cantillation; Sephardic Jews

Chapter.  4732 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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