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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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Into the Future: Texts, Technologies, and Tradition

Into the Future: Texts, Technologies, and Tradition

(p.141) Five Into the Future: Texts, Technologies, and Tradition
Mixing Musics

Maureen Jackson

Stanford University Press

This chapter explores changing modes of transmission of the Maftirim repertoire throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Until the present day, the Turkish Jewish historical record testifies to a striking persistence of Ottoman oral methods of transmission and performance. It is with the comprehensive, recently produced Maftirim publication in 2009 that important questions emerge about orality and textuality in connection with the ‘preservation’ of ‘traditional’ forms. Such questions resonate with global cross-cultural discussions around recording, notating, and distributing oral musical forms perceived to be at risk: what constitutes musical authorship and ‘authenticity,’ originals and versions, masters and non-masters within new texts and technologies, new locales and audiences? In the end, the new project, which effectively reconstructs the Maftirim for the future, will represent authentic original compositions or orally transmitted versions, depending upon reader reception and historical understanding of Ottoman music-making as explored in the book.

Keywords:   transmission, orality, textuality, tradition, authenticity, versions, audience

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