Jewish Art Music from Biblical Times to the Present

Jewish music dates back to the Bible, where you can find references to music in Genesis, Exodus, Chronicles and Psalms. Although the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD brought forth a rabbinic ban on public music performance, the Jews’ passion for music could not be stifled.



This fascinating lecture explores the development of Jewish music from Biblical times through the destruction of the Temple, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment and Romantic eras right up to the present.

Musicians whose works and output are discussed (and performed) include Salamone Rossi, Solomon Sulzer, Jacob Weinberg, Ernst Bloch and Yossele Rosenblatt.