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Mixing MusicsTurkish Jewry and the Urban Landscape of a Sacred Song$
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Maureen Jackson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804780155

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804780155.001.0001

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The Girl in the Tree:Gender and Sacred Song

The Girl in the Tree:Gender and Sacred Song

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(p.86) (p.87) Three The Girl in the Tree:Gender and Sacred Song
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Mixing Musics
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Maureen Jackson

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804780155.003.0004

Republican Jewish memoirs and oral histories challenge the conceptual exclusion of girls and women from the male-only performance practice of the Maftirim. This chapter extends recent ethnomusicological scholarship complicating gendered dichotomies in Sephardic musical scholarship; that is, the association of Hebrew, religious, and textual forms to males and Ladino, folk, and oral forms to females. By exploring music entertainment and education at the level of home and neighborhood, Chapter Three examines the under-recognized participation of Jewish women in popular classical Turkish music as a platform for some to learn Hebrew religious music in general and the Maftirim repertoire in particular. Through incorporating the concept of urban ‘soundscapes’ that sonically include those excluded from formal performance venues, the chapter focuses on how one woman learned in direct and less direct ways, negotiating the space between gendered community musical expectations and a changing Turkish society.

Keywords:   gender, Hebrew music, Ladino music, soundscape, Turkish classical music, neighborhood, girls, women

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