“Okay, so Ariel might not have been a prophet per se, but it’s a solid Hebrew name going back to biblical times and still popular in the modern era.”
I’d been too cynical in my younger days to actually recognize or appreciate that aspect of their songwriting.
The Berlin Pop-Kultur festival had accepted around $600 from the Israeli embassy in Germany.
“Dessner explains that the piece was inspired by the stories of his Jewish immigrant grandparents who settled near Prospect Park.”
“Wagner carried the fear that he could contain Jewish blood in him. Whether it’s true or not, isn’t the issue. The issue is that he had the fear.”
Campbell and his wife attended services at a Messianic synagogue, and celebrated major Jewish holidays, such as Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah.
When the composer sang the words “It seems to me that I am Anne Frank” he burst into tears.
In Bernstein’s score for “Candide,” Cook counted four E flats over high C, six D flats, 21 high C’s, and sixteen B flats.
Newman’s entire oeuvre can be read as that of a stranger in a strange land trying to make sense of it all.
Thirty-five years ago, Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld co-wrote the script for a musical called “The Golden Land” in honor of the 85th anniversary of the Forverts, the world’s oldest Yiddish newspaper.
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