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1-22: Non-Jewish Composers

1-22 Non-Jewish Composers  Dmitri Shostakovich was fascinated by the ability of Jewish music to “build a jolly melody on sad intonations.”  Maurice Ravel wrote Two Hebrew Melodies.  A look at composers who were not Jewish, but were still inspired by Jewish musical traditions.

Music includes:

Douglas Moore: Vay’khullu
Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 4 in D
Maurice Ravel: “Chanson Hébraïque” from Chants Populaires
Maurice Ravel: Deux Mélodies Hébraïques
Sergei Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes

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