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Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music

Klara Moricz


This book mounts a challenge to prevailing essentialist assumptions about “Jewish music,” which maintain that ethnic groups, nations, or religious communities possess an essence which must manifest itself in art created by members of that group. It scrutinizes concepts of Jewish identity and reorders ideas about twentieth-century “Jewish music” in three case studies: Russian-Jewish composers of the first two decades of the twentieth century; the Swiss-American Ernest Bloch; and Arnold Schoenberg. Examining these composers in the context of emerging Jewish nationalism, widespread racial theorie ... More

Keywords: Jewish music, Russian-Jewish composers, Ernest Bloch, Arnold Schoenberg, Jewish nationalism, racial theories, modernist art, twentieth-century politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520250888
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520250888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Klara Moricz, author