By the Rivers of Babylon?! The Shared Melodies of Jewish and Christian Early-Modern Cultures

9 March 2023

We are deeply honoured to welcome Dr Diana Matut, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford, to lead a session of the ART in Interfaith Contexts Reading Group.

Here are the details of this fascinating session.

Topic: By the Rivers of Babylon?! The Shared Melodies of Jewish and Christian Early-Modern Cultures 

Abstract: During the early modern period Ashkenazim, Jews living in Central and Eastern Europe, brought forth a rich and multilayered song culture. Hundreds of songs were written on religious and secular themes. While many of the melodies used by song writers came from inner-Jewish traditions, many songs were contrafacta. This meant that their melodies had been used before for other well-known songs. This lecture wants to explore the shared melodies of the Jewish, Christian and secular world and take a closer look at how Jewish contrafacta were created and how Jewish and Christian authorities reacted to this practice. 

SpeakerDr Diana Matut, The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. University of Oxford, UK

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Time: 18:00-19:00 GMT | 19:00-20:00 CEST | 11:00-12:00 PST | 14:00-15:00 EST

Venue: Online

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