Jewish Music Quiz


Jewish music today extends well beyond the synagogue, to the concert halls of Israel, the Klezmer revival, and the reggae of Matisyahu. How much do you know about Jewish music?

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Qustion 1. Salamone Rossi's great claim to Jewish musical fame came with his publication in 1623 of what work?

Ha-Shirim Asher li-Shelomo Shir Ha Shirim Haleli Nafshi Adon Olam

Qustion 2. Hava Nagila began as:

A Hasidic melody in Eastern Europe A folk melody from the Zionist movement A revolution song sung by the Jews in concentration camps A biblical melody sung by the priests in the Temple

Qustion 3. What is the Hebrew name for the melodies to which traditional prayers are chanted?

Nusah Shaharit Trope Shiriyah

Qustion 4. Whose job was it to sing and play musical instruments as part of the Temple service?

Poor people Women Levites The High Priest

Qustion 5. What factor has contributed to the development of a rich tradition of classical music in Israel?

A government policy to fund "Western" music, as opposed to "Eastern" music The belief that classical music could instil Zionist values The popularity of the Eurovision competition The immigration of European musicians to Israel

Qustion 6. When Wagner claimed in his essay "Judaism in Music" that Jews could never be "true" creators because they are parasitic, Arnold Schoenberg created what musical response?

Cain and Abel Moses and Aaron Rachel and Leah Jacob and Esau

Qustion 7. True or false: After the destruction of the Temple, the rabbis forbade the use of instruments during prayer.

True False

Qustion 8. Which composition by George Gershwin is a fusion of European classical music with pop, jazz, and blues?

Porgy and Bess Rhapsody in Blue The Jazz Singer Cuban Overture

Qustion 9. What are nigunim?

Notes for chanting the Torah, haftarah, and other Jewish sacred texts Wordless or nearly wordless musical tunes, sometimes set to short phrases in Hebrew or Yiddish Excerpts of Jewish prayers set to secular music Music composed by the professional cantorial league

Qustion 10. Which of these statements about Fiddler on the Roof is true?

It is one of the three most succesful musicals in American history It was intended primarily for non-Jewish Broadway audiences It has for decades served as a Jewish cultural icon All of these
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