Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Cute Boy, Charming Girl: Children's Songs of the Modern Hebrew Nation (1882-1948)

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Cute Boy, Charming Girl: Children's Songs of the Modern Hebrew Nation (1882-1948)

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Cute Boy, Charming Girl: Children's Songs of the Modern hebrew nation (1882-1948). 2013. Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel, 22. Jewish Music Research Centre, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem AMTI 0113. Annotated by Talila Eliram in collaboration with Ruth Freed and Yaakov Mazor. 188-page booklet with notes in Hebrew and English. English translation by Shira Leibowitz-Schmidt and Jessica Setbon. Illustration, bibliography. CD, 56 tracks (46:49).

These fifty-six tracks record a moment in pre-state Israeli history when songs "anchored in the universe of traditional childhood became objects of a mass culture mobilized by national agendas." They also offer a surprisingly moving set of memories, of collective youth re-presented through the personal lens of old age (the youngest performer here born 1944, the oldest 1907). This is material recovered from the sidelines of the Songs of the Land of Israel canon, whose creators range from the famous (Idelsohn, Kipnis), through pre-school music teachers (Theresa Gotein, Erna Bial), to anonymous Hassidic nigunim, and its organization into seven thematic sections convincingly connects the real world of childhood to the music's original ideological aims. …

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