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Sonic Ruins of Modernity
Judeo-Spanish Folksongs Today

ISBN 9781032276533
Published July 1, 2022 by Routledge
240 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Sonic Ruins of Modernity shows how social, cultural and cognitive phenomena interact in the making and distribution of folksongs beyond their time. Through Judeo-Spanish (or Ladino) folksongs, the author illustrates a methodology for the interplay of individual memories, artistic initiatives, political and media policies, which ultimately shape “tradition” for the past century. He fleshes out in a series of case studies how folksongs can be conceived, performed and circulated in the post-tradition era – constituting each song as a “sonic ruin,” as an imagined place. At the same time, the book overall provides a unique perspective on the history of the Judeo-Spanish folksong.

Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1 – Defining sonic ruins of modernity Chapter 2 – Excavating sonic ruins: the modern Judeo-Spanish folksong in context Chapter 3 – From Spain to the Eastern Mediterranean and Back Chapter 4 – Indescribable Female Beauty: the Song of Songs and Sephardic Wasfs Chapter 5 – A Forbidden love: The sanctity of a modern Sephardic female proletarian Chapter 6 – Abraham’s vocation, modern invocations Chapter 7 –From Venice to Manhattan: The modern odyssey of Bendigamos Chapter 8 – A garden of sonic ruins and the post-traditional condition Abbreviations Bibliography

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Edwin Seroussi is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre of Hebrew University, as well as visiting scholar at Dartmouth College.