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JayApril 4, 2014

Sephardic Music

by Jay Rosenberg

The Siglo de Oro is generally thought to have begun around the time of Columbus’s first voyage in 1492, but that date also marks the end of an era in Spanish history: both the Moors and the Jews were driven from the peninsula where the former had held sway since their conquest in the late 8th century, and the latter had lived since at least as early as Roman times.

The diaspora of the Spanish Jews, or Sephardim, took them throughout the Mediterranean and the near east, where they were subjects of the Ottoman Empire. Preserving their Spanish culture, they merged ancient and new texts with music heavily influenced by their new neighbors. The fruits of this life are still enjoyed today, and we will sample songs from many aspects of this culture in my Sephardic music class.

My other offering this year will be the delightful part songs of Juan Vásquez who lived in the first half of the 16th century. His suave and charming music has delighted me for a long time. Here is a sample:

Recent posts:

EMW 2019:
Dances of Love and War, by Ken Pierce

EMW 2018:
Transformative Dance, by Ken Pierce

Transformation, by Larry Wallach

Music: A Transformative Art, by Pamela Dellal

EMW 2017:
Music and nature, by Larry Wallach

Images of Nature in Dance, by Ken Pierce

EMW 2016:
Dancing to music, by Ken Pierce

Playing for historical dance, by Jane Hershey

EMW 2015:
Language, by Pamela Dellal

Genre, by Larry Wallach

Legacy, by Larry Wallach

EMW 2014:
The Spanish Golden Age in the Netherlands,
by Anne Legêne

Sephardic Music, by Jay Rosenberg

Ensalada by Salomé Sandoval