Sonic ruins of modernity : Judeo-Spanish folksongs today /

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Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group,, Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, p.1 online resource (xvii, 222 pages) : (2023)

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(OCoLC)fst00930038, bisacsh, fast, Folk songs, Ladino, Folk songs, Ladino., HISTORY / Jewish, History and criticism., MUSIC / Ethnomusicology, MUSIC / Religious / Jewish


Includes bibliographical references and index.Defining sonic ruins of modernity -- Excavating sonic ruins: the modern Judeo-Spanish folksong in context -- From Spain to the Eastern Mediterranean and back -- Indescribable female beauty: the song of songs and Sephardic wasfs -- A forbidden love: the sanctity of a modern Sephardic female proletarian -- Abraham's vocation, modern invocations -- The Venice to Manhattan: the modern odyssey of Bendigamos -- A garden of sonic ruins and the post-traditional condition.Sonic Ruins of Modernity shows how social, cultural and cognitive phenomena interact in the making and distribution of folksongs beyond their time. Through Judeo-Spanish (or Ladino) folksongs, the author illustrates a methodology for the interplay of individual memories, artistic initiatives, political and media policies, which ultimately shape tradition for the past century. He fleshes out in a series of case studies how folksongs can be conceived, performed and circulated in the post-tradition era -- constituting each song as a sonic ruin, as an imagined place. At the same time, the book overall provides a unique perspective on the history of the Judeo-Spanish folksong.--Edwin Seroussi is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre of Hebrew University, as well as visiting scholar at Dartmouth College.Print version record.