An Introduction to Jewish Music
21 Apr 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Jewish music stems from ancient prayer chants of the Levant some 3,000 years ago. The musical notation that developed and that we find in the Bible today is one of the most ancient forms of notated music, and yet it is still practised all over the world today. Jewish music has been constantly adapting to new conditions and yet retaining its identity in many widely differing ethnic, social and religious environments.
Through its daughter religions, the music of Judaism is one of the fundamental elements in the understanding of the sacred and secular traditions of Europe and the Near East, first having influenced, and then having been influenced by, the music of Christian and Islamic cultures. Jewish music today encompasses a wide diversity of musical traditions and Jewish songs are sung in many different languages.
Through demonstrations and explanations, the Yamma ensemble will walk us through the characteristics of the ancient music system of Israel.
Supported by the Embassy of Israel in Singapore and Turkish Airlines.
Library @ Esplanade
8 Raffles Avenue