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 Jews were the first to incorporate organs and other instruments into their liturgical practice?
Question 2. 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 3. Before the 19th century, what was a key difference between Sephardic and Ashkenazic musical traditions?
Only Sephardic Jews maintained a secular musical tradition based in large part on the music of their non-Jewish neighbors
Only Ashkenazic Jews incorporated music in prayer
Sephardic Jews allowed women to sing, Ashkenazic Jews did not
Ashkenazic Jews sang in much higher keys than Sephardic Jews
Question 4. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
Question 5. True or false: After the destruction of the Temple, the rabbis forbade the use of instruments during prayer.
Question 6. Chava Alberstein sings in which three languages?
English, French, and Hebrew
Yiddish, Hebrew, and English
Polish, Hebrew, and Yiddish
Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish
Question 7. 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