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Lot #    13818
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 1:12:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Musica Hebraica
Title (Hebrew)    מוסיקה יהודית
Author    [Only Ed. - Music] Hermann Swet, ed.
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Dr. Salli Levi
Publication Date    1938
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 83 pp. illus. (incl. music), 303:230 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original paper title wrappers.
   This is volume 1-2 of a periodical dedicated to Jewish music in Palestine. (According to the catalog at Hebrew University, no other issues ever appeared.) This first volume appeared with articles in English, French, German and Hebrew. The non-Hebrew articles are in both German and English, and one is in three columns -German, French and English. It states on the title page (not the cover) that it is owned by Musica Hebraica, Ltd., and the list of contributors contains writers from all over Europe, the United States and Palestine. There is both a Hebrew and English cover and table of contents, but the pagination proceeds from left to right. The Hebrew section begins on page 61 and continues to page 83, followed by the table of contents in Hebrew.

Gershon (Hermann) Swet (1893–1968), journalist. Born in the Ukraine, Swet went in 1921 to Berlin as a correspondent for the Warsaw Yiddish newspaper Moment. While increasingly active in the Zionist movement, he became an expert in two fields: international politics, especially Jewish, and music. After two years in Paris (1933–35) he went to Palestine and was a member of the editorial staff of Haaretz. He also served as chairman of the Association of Journalists in Jerusalem; in addition, in 1938, he edited the musical journal Musica Hebraica. In 1948 Haaretz sent him as a correspondent to the United Nations in New York. There he wrote regular columns for the German-Jewish Aufbau and the Russian Novoye Russkoye Slovo. He also conducted his own weekly news programs on the radio in Russian and Yiddish, and served as press officer of the Jewish Agency and foreign correspondent for La PensMe Russe in Paris.

Oxford University Press has issued a book about the World Centre for Jewish Music in Palestine by Philip V. Bohlman (1992). Using the documents assembled by the World Centre for Jewish Music in Palestine (WCJMP) during the five years of its activities in the late 1930s, this volume examines the history of European Jewish music on the eve of its destruction. The many voices of the musicians and intellectuals forced to flee from the growing spectre of Nazism speak in this book about the transformation of the Jewish communities of Europe, the difficulties faced before and during exile, and the growing human and cultural tragedy faced by European Jewish culture. Bohlman has translated selected documents from the correspondence and publications of the World Centre for Jewish Music, introduced their unique and compelling themes, and provided commentaries on all documents and their authors.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Music:    Checked
Other:    Periodical
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, German, English, French
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica