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<i>Zhidï</i> and <i>Yevrei</i> in a Neonationalist Context

Kálra Móricz

in Jewish Identities

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520250888
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933682 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520250888.003.0003
Zhidï and Yevrei in a Neonationalist Context

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In an essay entitled “Aladdin's Lamp” and published on the occasion of the edition of An-sky's The Jewish Artistic Heritage, Abram Markovich Efros, a leading Russian art critic, described a form of neonationalism. It was a creative combination of folk art and modernism in which the supposed authenticity of folk art lent stylistic credentials to modernist art. In the debates about the sources of Jewish art music, an opposition was similarly constructed between the near past and ancient times, between the Oriental-sounding Yiddish folk music and the less Orientally colored sacred music that, many believed, was historically traceable to Biblical times. In this new phase of Jewish art music, kuchkist preoccupation with folk music as an expression of national identity was replaced with a neonationalist orientation, in which national musical sources were abstracted.

Keywords: Russia; folk art; Abram Markovich Efros; neonationalism; Jewish art music; Yiddish folk music

Chapter.  10396 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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