Jewish Music QuizJewish 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?
Question 1. Which of these facts about Debbie Friedman is NOT true?
Her "Alef bet" song has appeared on Barney the Dinosaur's TV show
Her compositions have become a lasting part of the Reform movement's liturgy
Her version of "V'ahavta" was co-written with James Taylor
She learned to play guitar at Jewish summer camp
Question 2. Klezmer music was inspired by which of these?
Life in the ghettos during the Holocaust
The lives of George Gershwin and Irving Berlin
Question 3. 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
Question 4. 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
Question 5. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
Question 6. 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
Question 7. Who created the written notation for cantillation notes?
Aaron the Priest