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Title:Some Relations Between Three Piyyutim From Djerba and Three Arabic Songs
Author:Davis, Ruth
Year:1986
Periodical:Maghreb Review
Volume:11
Issue:5-6
Period:Sept.-Dec.
Pages:134-144
Language:English
Geographic terms:Tunisia
Djerba
Subjects:Jews
islands
songs (form)
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Architecture and the Arts
Abstract:The Jews of Djerba, an island oasis lying just off the coast of Tunisia, have distinctive cultural traditions, both in relation to other Jews and to the island's Muslims. Paradoxicaily, two musicological surveys - by R. Lachmann (1929) and by the present author (1978) - have revealed that the Jews of Djerba did not cultivate distinctive musical traditions. Both authors recorded examples of songs to Hebrew poetic texts, called piyyutim, which were characteristically performed on religious holidays and during family festivals such as weddings and circumcisions. This article illustrates various musical, textual and historical relationships between three such piyyutim and the three Arabic songs with which they were associated. Notes, ref.
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