This book gathers historical and musicological information on a complex and rarely addressed topic. The organ in secular Jewish contexts, as well as its liturgical role, is examined in detail. Citing careful historical and musicological research, the author explores the organ as a seldom-mentioned part of Jewish tradition and investigates organs built by both Jewish and non-Jewish builders. In addition to the organs and their uses, the musical compositions of German-Jewish composers are cited and analyzed. A large volume of interesting information is also found in a set of online appendices with a user name and password supplied to purchasers of the book.
Professor Mark Slobin of Wesleyan University writes that “This groundbreaking and engaged study is really two books in one: The story of modern Jewry’s growing interest in the organ, combined with a fresh look at music in German-Jewish culture. It’s solid and satisfying on both counts.”