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Magnified and Sanctified: The Music of Jewish Prayer II
International Conference on Jewish Liturgical Music

Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany

Monday 9th to Thursday 12th September 2019

Following the success of the first international conference at a mainstream University devoted to the music of Jewish prayer, in Leeds in 2015, the sequel, ‘Magnified and Sanctified II’ was held in Hannover in September 2019.

Judit Frigyesi, Professor, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan Israel

Mark Kligman, Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music;
Director, the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music; Professor of Ethnomusicology and Musicology, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Eliyahu Schleifer, Professor Emeritus of Sacred Music and Director of the School of Sacred Music, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

The Jewish music scholar Judit Frigyesi has aptly summarised the complexity of music’s role in Jewish religious worship as follows:

"The Jewish service could be described as a large-scale musical piece, which is structured through the alternation of musical/performing styles… In the course of the service, transition from one musical style to another often has an almost dramatic effect as, for instance, when speech-like recitation is followed by highly ornamental and elaborate melodic improvisation"
(‘Orality as Religious Ideal’, Yuval vol 7: Studies in honour of Israel Adler, 2002)

This international conference offered an opportunity to explore in depth, within an academic forum, the complexity of the music of Jewish prayer in all its cultural manifestations.

The wide-ranging scope encompassed themes including Hebrew psalmody, cantillation, Jewish modes and melodies, piyyutim, missinai tunes, the transmission of oral traditions, and synagogue composition, both cantorial and choral in areas where Jewish communities have flourished across the globe and throughout the centuries.

Topics also focused on current trends and issues such as cultural sustainability, the interfaces between liturgy, music and architecture/space, and with the musics of Christian, Muslim and other societies.

The conference was presented jointly by the European Centre for Jewish Music, Hannover and the Academic Wing of the European Cantors Association. It was supported by the UCLA Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at the Herb Alpert School of Music, the University of Leeds and the Jewish Music Institute SOAS, University of London.

Martha Stellmacher, EZJM Hannover
Dr Miranda Crowdus, EZJM Hannover
Dr Stephen Muir, Associate Professor, School of Music, University of Leeds
Geraldine Auerbach MBE, Academic Wing, European Cantors Association
Dr Malcolm Miller, Hon Associate in Music and Associate Lecturer, Open University, UK

Professor Mark Kligman – UCLA, Los Angeles
Professor Rabbi Jeffrey Summit – Tufts University, Boston
Professor Philip Bohlman – University of Chicago
Professor Emeritus Eliyahu Schleifer – Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Professor Edwin Seroussi – Hebrew University, Jerusalem