*Special Music Course Offering (Hilary Term 2022):*
Yiddish Songs as Sources for the History of the Ashkenazim (Dr Diana Matut)
Online class via Zoom on Tuesdays 4pm to 5pm (UK time)
This class is now open for applications.
Starting with their first copying and printing over five hundred years ago, Yiddish songs capture communal Ashkenazic history as well as the individual’s experience. Various prize-winning musical programmes explicitly focus on Jewish experience in song such as the Lodz Ghetto Programme (Brave Old World) or Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II (Anna Shternshis and Psoy Korolenko). In the course of this seminar, we want to develop a working definition of ‘historical song’ and contextualize as well as analyse significant Yiddish songs (translations provided) from 1500 to the twenty-first century.
The course will encompass the following topics:
1. Yiddish songs as sources or: What is a historical song?
2. C. 1600: A time for truth: Purim and inner-Jewish critique in song
3. 1614: Expulsion from Frankfurt and the Megiles Vints
4. 1827 or Whom will we serve? Jewish conscription in song
5. The -isms of Jewish modernity: Bundism, communism and anarchism in Yiddish song
6. Hey Zhankoye! Stalin’s forgotten Zions in song
7. Mayn shvester Khaye. Memories of lost worlds
8. The 20th and 21st century: Social struggle, world politics and some Jewish questions
Please find the application form here and submit it by email to Ms Priscilla Lange, email@example.com. The first day of class for this course will be Tuesday, 18th January 2022. Please note that this course is free of charge.