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Prof.

FrancescoSpagnolo JEWISH121&MUSIC139
spagnoloacht@berkeley.edu UCBerkeley,Fall2017
Office:2121AllstonWay TheMagnes,2121AllstonWay
Hours:TUE3:305&byappt. TUE&THU23:30PM|TUE5:307PM

JewishN
ightlife:P
oetry,M
usic,a
ndR
itualP
erformance
FromR
enaissanceI
talyt oC
ontemporaryI
srael

In this course we explore the connections between the ritual performance of Jewish texts
and the dynamics of social change across Jewish history, focusing on three related topics:
the rise of Kabbalistic nocturnal rituals in the Italian ghettos during the earlymodern
periodtheperformanceofHebrewpoetryandArabicmusicintheOttomanEmpireandthe
renaissance of piyyut (Hebrew liturgical poetry) in Israel from the 1970s to the present,
including Hassidic song, the performance of bakkashot among mizrachi Israelis, and the
currenttransculturalactivitiesofonlineandparticipatorycommunities.

During the semester we will conduct field trips to Berkeley synagogues and leverage the
resources ofTheMagnesCollectionofJewishArtandLife,includingmanuscriptsandprinted
texts, music manuscripts, audio and video recordings, iconographic sources, and ritual and
everydaylifeobjectsfromtheglobalJewishdiaspora.

The course will be complemented by weekly workshops led by Victoria Hanna (Jerusalem),
Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist at The Magnes, UC Berkeley,thisFall.Aworldrenowned
composer, creator, performer, researcher, and teacher of voice and language deploys a
variety of vocal techniques in the performanceofancientandmodernHebrewtexts,among
themS
eferYetzirah("BookofCreation"),anearlyKabbalistictreatise.

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WeeklyP
lan

Week1 |
T
hu8
/24
Introduction
Mainthemes,maps,timelines,andresources(onsiteandonline)

Week2
|
T
ue8
/29&
T
hu8
/31
DangerousN ights:T
ext,M
usic,L earning( +t heP
assoverS eder)
READING:Ginzburg2(J ews,Heretics,Witchesp
.6380)EJP
assoverIdelsohnXIV
(Haggadahp.173187)
LISTENING:M alavskyFamilyPassoverSederServiceT heSocalledSeder( bCourses)
RESOURCES:M agnesHaggadahcollections efaria.org(PesachHaggadah,M agids
ection)

Week3 | T
ue9
/5& T
hu9
/7
StudyingJ ewishC ulture:T ime,S pace,L anguages
READING:Biale,C ulturesoftheJews( Preface)IdelsohnVII(PrayerCodesp.5670)EJ:
History:TheMiddleAges,andH istory:ModernTimesto1880
RESOURCES:T heInvisibleMuseum& T hePowerofAttentionjewishlanguages.org
O
bjectH andlingW orkshopwithJulieFranklin,Registrar,TheMagnes(Thu9/7)

Week4
|
T
ue9
/12& T
hu9
/14
Worldso
fJ
ewishM
usic:I ntroduction
READING:GroveI:14(Introduction)
LISTENING:M usicalTraditionsinIsraelTitgadalwetitqadash...( bCourses)
RESOURCES:J ewishMusicResearchCentreJ udaicaSoundArchivesI nvitationtopiyyut

WEEK5
|
T
ue9
/19[ noc
lasso
nT hu9 /21]
Worldso
fJ
ewishM
usic:F ormso fL
iturgy
READING:IdelsohnX(Sabbathp.128150)GroveIII:16(LiturgicalandParaliturgical)
LISTENING:M usicalTraditionsinIsraelTitgadalwetitqadash...( bCourses)
RESOURCES:MagnesPrayerBookcollections efaria.orgo
pensiddur.org

WEEK6 |
T
ue9 /26&
T
hu9
/28
JewishN ightR ituals:A
S
urvey( and,p erhaps,a H
istory)
READING:IdelsohnXI,XII,andXIII(Sabbathathome,Specialdays,Distinguished
occasionsp.151165)Horowitz,C offee
LISTENING:NightRitualsselectionsinbCourses
RESOURCES:documentsandobjectsofmaterialculturefromT heMagnesCollection
G
uestP
resenter:N oaB arGabai( UCLA)o
nMizrachiJewishCultures( Thu9/28)

WEEK7 |
T
ue1
0/3[
noc
lasso
nT
hu1
0/5]
RitualP
erformance:I ntroducingV ictoriaH
anna+
F
ieldT
ripsP
lans
READING:HeilmanIdelsohnXV(Festivalsp.188204),EJS ukkot
LISTENING:FieldrecordingsselectionsinbCourses
RESOURCES:s ynagogues360.org

R EQUIREDA CTIVITY:F IELDT RIPNO.1 (guidelinesdiscussed&distributedinclass)

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WEEK8 |
T
ue1
0/10[ noc
lasso
nT
hu1
0/12]
Piyyut,a kaH ebrewL iturgicalP oetry
READING:IdelsohnVVI(Poetry/piyyutp.3446Kabbalahp.4755)GroveIII:2:iv
(Poetry)
LISTENING:T itgadalwetitqadash...,W orldmusicfromIsrael( bCourses)
RESOURCES:SelecttextsfromColeandCarmi(inbCourses)I nvitationtopiyyut
L
ab1
:R
eading/SingingtheHebrewAlphabetTue10/105:307pm@Magnes

R EQUIREDA CTIVITY:F IELDT RIPNO.2 (guidelinesdiscussed&distributedinclass)


WEEK9 |
T
ue1
0/17& T
hu1
0/19
FieldT
ripsR oundup+ M
idtermE xamination
GuidelinesfortheexaminationwillbedistributedbyWeek8
L
ab2
:R
eading/SingingtheHebrewAlphabetT ue10/175:307pm@Magnes

WEEK1 0| T
ue1 0/24& T
hu1
0/26
Mysticisma sP
erformance:I taly( andC hristianity)
READING:GroveV:2(ChristianWorld)
EJV
enicea ndL ilith( femaledemon)HorowitzE ve
LISTENING:S ynagogalMusicintheBaroque1&3 I talianJewishMusicalTraditions
(selectionsinbCourses)
RESOURCES:selectamuletsfromT heMagnesCollection&F lickr.com
L ab3
:M
agicSpellsTue10/245:307pm@Magnes
R esearchp apersp roposalsd ueb yT
uesday,O ctober2 4

WEEK1 1| T
ue1 0/31& T
hu1 1/2
Mysticisma sp
erformance:O ttomanT urkey( andI slam)
READING:GroveV:1(IslamicWorld)Kligman1(C ulturesinContactThroughMusicp
.
1122)SeroussiP er evEJN
ajara,IsraelbenMoses
LISTENING:Effendi,Algazi,Benaroya,Maftirim(selectionsinbCourses)
RESOURCES:CDbookletsfromlisteningselections(PDFsinbCourses)
L
ab4
:M
agicSpellsTue10/315:307pm@Magnes

WEEK1 2| T
ue1 1/7&
T hu1
1/9
Thep oliticso fJ
ewishn ightlife:H assidicm usic
READING:EJH asidismT heHassidicNigun...C Dbooklet
LISTENING:T heHassidicNigunasSungbytheHassidim
RESOURCES:YouTubeJ ewishNightlifeplaylist( andselectlinksinbCourses)
L
ab5
:M
agicSpellsTue11/75:307pm@Magnes

WEEK1 3| T
ue1 1/14&
T
hu1
1/16
Thep oliticso fJ
ewishn
ightlife:t her iseo
fI
sraeliM izrachim usic
READING:RegevandSeroussi9(M usiqaMizrahitp .191212)SeroussiM oroccan
Bakkashot
LISTENING:Mizrahimusic(selectionsinbCourses)A SongofDawnS
acredMusicofthe
MoroccanJewsWithSongTheyRespond
L
ab6
:M
agicSpellsTue11/145:307pm@Magnes

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WEEK1 4| T
ue1
1/21[ Noc lasso
nT
hanksgiving,T
hu1
1/23]
ReviewS ession+ F
inalA
muletS election
L
ab7
:M
agicSpellsTue11/215:307pm@Magnes
R
esearchp apersd ueb
yT
uesday,N ovember2
1

WEEK1 5| T
ue1
1/28& T
hu1 1/30
TheC
ontemporaryP oliticso fJ
ewishN ightlife:I
sraela ndB
eyond
READING:RegevandSeroussi1(A ShortIntroductiontoIsraeliCulturep
.1525)
RESOURCES:I nvitationtopiyyutJ erusalemPiyyutFestival
L
ab8
:M
agicS pellsT
ue1
1/285 :307pm@ Magnes

FinalE
xamination|
M
onday,D
ecember1
1,1
1:30am2:30pm

GeneralR
equirements

Regularlyattendclassandsection(musicworkshop)meetings,beontimeand
prepared.(Unexcusedabsenceswillaffectyourgrade)
Bepreparedaheadoftimeforbothlecturesandworkshops:bethoroughlyfamiliar
withallassignedreading,listening,andresourcematerials,readytodiscussthem,
andespeciallytoaskquestionsaboutthem
Participateinthelecturesandworkshopsactivelyandcritically(physicalpresence
doesnotqualifyasclassparticipation)
Completeallassignmentsontime.Lateworkwillnotbeacceptedunlessyouhave
receivedawrittenconfirmationbytheinstructorpriortotheassignmentdeadline

Gradesw illb eb
asedo nt hef ollowing:
1. Attendancea ndp articipation(lectures,workshops,requiredactivities)30%
2. Four(unannounced)R esponseE xercises20%
3. Midterm(heldonW eek9 ) 10%
4. Researchp aper(dueonT uesday,N ovember2 1)30%
5. Final( heldonM onday,D ecember1 1,1
1:30am2:30pm)10%

Research papers should be 6 to 8 pages long (15002000 words). They must haveatitle
(preferably a creative and descriptive one), explain the topic of the research, ask clear
questions and develop solid answers. The quality of your writing is extremely important
(grammar counts, andsodoeditingandproofing).Morethanoneanswertoaquestionmay
be offered:donotbeafraidtoexplorealternativeviewsonasingleissue.Papersneedtobe
based on both primary (music, lyrics, documents, etc.) and secondary (articles, books, CD
notes, etc.) sources. All sources must be fully listed at the end of the paper, and all
quotations fromthemmustbehighlightedinyournotes.Shortproposals(abstracts)are
dueb
yT
uesday,O ctober2 4.P apersa red
ue,inc
lass,b
yT
uesday,N
ovember2 1.

Music workshops will be conducted by Victoria Hanna, a worldrenowned composer,


creator, performer, researcher, and teacher of voice and language. No prior knowledge of
music,orofHebrew,isrequired.Theworkshopswillbeginonthe8thweekofclasses.

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The format(s) of the Response Exercises and of the Midterm will be announced in
class.Bothwillbebasedsolelyonmaterialsincludedinthesyllabus.TheFinalwillinvolvea
class presentation based on the materials discussed during the weekly lectures and
workshops.

Electronic devices are allowed in this class, and are to beusedforclassrelatedpurposes


only, such as taking notes, doing online research, or creating music. Other uses will be
consideredasaffectingyourattendanceandparticipationinthecourse.

AN
oteo
nR
&RW
eek

No additional materials will be assigned during dead week, but class may meet if
preparationsfortheFinalpresentationrequireustodoso.

ReadingA
ssignmentsS
ources*

Biale,David.C ulturesoftheJews:ANewHistory.NewYork:SchockenBooks,2002
Carmi,T.T
hePenguinBookofHebrewVerse.NewYork:VikingPress,1981
Cole,Peter.T hePoetryofKabbalah:MysticalVersefromtheJewishTradition.New
Haven:YaleUniversityPress,2012
EJ:MichaelBerenbaumandFredSkolnikeds.E ncyclopaediaJudaica.Detroit:
Macmillan,2007h ttp://bit.ly/EJUCB(U CBaccessrequired)
Ginzburg,Carlo.E cstasies:DecipheringtheWitches'Sabbath.NewYork:Pantheon
Books,1991
Grove:L.Macyed.T heNewGroveDictionaryofMusicOnline,G roveMusicOnline
(UCBaccessrequired)
Heilman,SamuelC.S ynagogueLife.AStudyinSymbolicInteraction,TheUniversity
ofChicagoPress,ChicagoLondon1976(repr.1998)
Horowitz, Elliott. Coffee, Coffeehouses, and the Nocturnal Rituals of Early Modern
Jewry,A JSReview14/1(Spring1989):1746
Horowitz, Elliott. The Eve of the Circumcision. A Chapter in the History of Jewish
Nightlife,J ournalofSocialHistory,23/1989:4570
Idelsohn, Abraham Z. Jewish Liturgy and Its Development (1932). Dover 1995
(required)
Kligman,Mark.M aqamandLiturgy.Ritual,Music,andAestheticsofSyrianJewsin
Brooklyn.Detroit:WayneStateUniversityPress,2009
Regev, Motti and Edwin Seroussi. Popular Music & National Culture in Israel.
Berkeley: UniversityofCaliforniaPress,2004http://bit.ly/regevseroussi(UCBaccess
required)
Seroussi, Edwin. Politics, Ethnic Identity, and Music in Israel: The Case of the
MoroccanBakkashot.A sianMusic17/2(SpringSummer1986):3245
Seroussi,Edwin."ThePerevasaVocalGenreinOttomanHebrewSources."
TurkishMusicQuarterly4/3(Summer1991):19

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ListeningA
ssignmentsS
ources*

Adler, Israel ed. Synagogal Music in the Baroque, Vol. 1, Anthology of Music
TraditionsinIsraelno.7,Jerusalem1991,AMTICD9101,and Vol.3,Anthologyof
MusicTraditionsinIsraelno.9,Jerusalem,1996,AMTICD9601
Bahat Avner and Naomi eds. WithSongsTheyRespond:TheDiwanoftheJews
from Central Yemen. Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel no. 19, Jerusalem,
2007,AMTICD0601
Dolgin,Johs.T heS
ocalledS eder.A H
ipH
opH
aggadah.JDub,2005
Maftirim.J udeoSufiC onnection,Kalan,Istanbul,2001
MalavskyFamilyChoir,M alavskyF amilyP assoverS ederS ervice,Banner,196[?]
Marks, Essica ed. A Song of Dawn: The Jerusalem Sephardi Baqqashot at the
Har Tzyion Synagogue. Anthology of MusicTraditionsinIsraelno.20,Jerusalem
2007AMTICD0701
Mazor, Yaakov ed. The Hasidic Nigun as Sung by the Hasidim. Anthology of
MusicTraditionsinIsraelno.17,Jerusalem2004,AMTICD0402
Musical Traditions in Israel: Treasures of the National Sound Archives.
NationalSoundArchives,Jerusalem1999
Ottens,RitaandJoelRubin,C
antorI saacA lgazi:S
weetS ingero
fI
srael.Wergo,
2002,SM16222
Seroussi,Edwin,RivkaHavassyandJoelBresler.A nE
arlyT wentiethCentury
SephardiT roubadour:T heH
istoricalR ecordingso fH
aimE
ffendio fT
urkey.
AnthologyofMusicTraditionsinIsraelno.21,Jerusalem2008,AMTICD0801
Seroussi,Edwin.O ttomanH ebrewS acredS ongs(performedbySamuel
Benaroya).AnthologyofMusicTraditionsinIsraelno.12,Jerusalem1998,AMTI
CD9803
Seroussi Edwin ed.SacredMusicoftheMoroccanJews,collectedbyPaulBowles,
2000,RounderRecords8216150872
Spagnolo Francesco ed. Italian Jewish Musical Traditions: The Recordings of
Leo Levi (19541961). Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel no. 14, The
Hebrew University Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RomeJerusalem 2001,
AMTICD0102
Titgadal wetitqadashbetokhYerushalaimJerusaleminHebrewPrayerand
Song.GEMACD66.21201
World Music from Israel: The Deben Bhattacharya Collection. Fremeaux, CD
FA079,1998

AssignedR
esources*

TheMagnesCollectionofJewishArtandLifem agnes.berkeley.edu
TheMagnesCollectiononlinecatalogw ww.magnesalm.org
Spagnolo,Francesco.T hePowerofAttention:MagicandMeditationinHebrew
ManuscriptArt,TheMagnesCollectionofJewishArtandLife,UCBerkeley,2017
bit.ly/powerofattention
Spagnolo,Francesco.T heInvisibleMuseum:HistoryandMemoryofMorocco,The
MagnesCollectionofJewishArtandLife,UCBerkeley,2017b
it.ly/invisiblemuseum
Sefariaw
ww.sefaria.org
JewishLanguageResearchWebsitew ww.jewishlanguages.org

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JewishMusicResearchCentre,HebrewUniversityh ttp://www.jewishmusic.huji.ac.il
JudaicaSoundArchives(FloridaAtlanticUniversity)h
ttp://faujsa.fau.edu
InvitationtoPiyyuth
ttp://old.piyut.org.il/english
JerusalemPiyyutFestivalh ttp://www.piyutfestival.co.il/piut/2015/eng/
TheOpenSiddurProjecth ttp://opensiddur.org
YouTube:JewishNightlifeplaylisth
ttp://bit.ly/jewishnightlifeYT
Synagogues360h ttp://synagogues360.org

CourseB
log
A courseblogisavailableonlineatjewishnightlife.wordpress.com.Theblogismaintainedby
the instructor, and follows the pace of the course throughout the semester. It is a useful
resource for reviewing course materials, resources, and assignments, to conduct
independent research and prepare for class and for the exams.Studentsareencouragedto
contribute to theblog,andtheirworkmaybepostedthereonvariousoccasions.Inorderto
contribute content directly, students must be familiar with Wordpress (a free and open
sourcecontentmanagementsystem).

*AllassignmentsareavailableviatheUCBerkeleyLibraryportal,bCourses,orlinks
providedinclass,withtheexceptionofIdelsohn,J ewishLiturgy,acopyofwhichisrequired
foreachstudentinthiscourse.SomeonlineresourcesarerestrictedtoUCBerkeley
accounts(h ttp://www.lib.berkeley.edu/usingthelibraries/connectoffcampus).

CopyrightI
nformation
Federal copyright laws protect all original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium.
When using material that has been written, recorded, or designed by someone else, it is
important to make sure that you are not violating copyright law by improperly using
someone else's intellectual property. The Department of Music is committed to upholding
copyright law. As a student enrolled in this class, you may be provided with access to
copyrighted music andothermaterialswhichisdirectlyrelatedtothecontentofthiscourse.
It is our expectation that you will utilize these digital materials during the course of the
semester thatyouareenrolledinthisclass,andwilldeletethesematerialsafterthecloseof
the course. The purpose and character under which these recordings are being provided to
you is for nonprofit educational purposes only. To read more about UC's Policy and
Guidelines on the Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials for Teaching and Research, visit
http://copyright.universityofcalifornia.edu/index.html

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