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This is Temple Israel Television Program: Capsule History of Jewish Religious Music, January 1954

Capsule history of Jewish religious music, January 10, 1954. Temple Israel of Boston Archives.

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Description:

Program officiated by Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn in preparation for National Jewish Music Month, providing an overview of the history and development of Jewish religious music over time.

The first half of the program includes short examples of early religious music, including: early biblical chanting performed by Cantor Alfred Rosbach of Congregation Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Massachusetts; an ancient Babylonian chant performed by Donald Sullivan, the tenor in the Temple Israel Choir; medieval cantorial music performed by Alfred Rosbach; and Loius Lewandowski’s Hallelujah, performed by the Temple Israel Glee Club, which showcases the change from solo to choral music during the early-modern period.

The second half of the program focuses on contemporary religious musical compositions, including: a modern adaptation of the melody for the prayer Shomer Yisrael, performed by Cantor Hugo Chayim Adler of Temple Emmanuel in Worcester, Massachusetts; R’tzei, the first of Herbert Fromm’s (composer and Temple Israel of Boston musical director) six madrigals; and an excerpt of Ernest Bloch’s Avodat Hakodesh (Sacred Service) performed by Alfred Rosbach.

This audio recording represents one episode of the television program, This is Temple Israel (1954-1978). It was sponsored by the Temple Israel Brotherhood, recorded at Temple Israel of Boston, and broadcast on Massachusetts television station WNAC on the second Sunday of each month.