The Shofar: Its History And Use by Jeremy MontaguThe Shofar: Its History And Use by Jeremy Montagu

The Shofar: Its History And Use

byJeremy Montagu

Hardcover | October 16, 2015

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In The Shofar, Jeremy Montagu offers a detailed study of the ram's horn of the Bible, describing its history and use-both ritual and secular-from biblical times to the present. Because the same person normally blows the shofar each year during the Jewish High Holy Days, few are aware of the wide differences among communities around the world: the varying points in the Jewish liturgical service when the shofar is blown, what sound combinations exist, and the many varieties of the instrument.This is the first work of its kind to detail the full range of historical, musical, antiquarian, and religious issues surrounding the ancient instrument with all relevant citations from the Bible, the Talmud, and key post-Talmudic sources. Jeremy Montagu carefully examines horn types, sound characteristics, liturgical uses, and community functions to illustrate how the shofar has reflected local custom, regional needs, and religious practice. Chapters provide difficult-to-find information on how shofars are made; advice on how to choose, prepare, and maintain shofars; and instructions for aspiring blowers on a variety of traditions. With more than sixty photographs from the author's personal collection, this is an ideal work for Jews and Christians, religious scholars and musicologists, and even practicing musicians seeking to understand the crucial role of this instrument in the life of a people.As of November 2015, a new printing of this book will include a general index. A PDF version of the general index is available to previous purchasers of the volume. Please contact Rowman & Littlefield's music editor for assistance.
Jeremy Montagu is former curator of the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments and lecturer at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, University of Oxford. He is also the president of the Galpin Society, the p...
Title:The Shofar: Its History And UseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:202 pages, 10.41 × 7.19 × 0.67 inPublished:October 16, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442250275

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsList of Musical ExamplesTransliterationAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1: Description and Preliminary HistoryChapter 2: Liturgical UseChapter 3: The Sounding of the ShofarChapter 4: Who can Blow and on WhatChapter 5: The Secular Uses of the ShofarChapter 6: Making a ShofarChapter 7: How to Choose and How to Blow a ShofarChapter 8: Shofar Typology, Old and NewChapter 9: The Shofar and its Meaning Chapter 10: Biblical, Talmudic, and Post Talmudic SourcesAppendix 1: Shofar InscriptionsAppendix 2: Details of all the Shofars IllustratedBibliographyIndexAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

Scholarly expertise blends with practical experience and a fierce affection to produce what is likely to be the authoritative book on the shofar for years to come.. [T]the author writes from within the Jewish tradition and says so explicitly and proudly. The laws of the shofar's manufacture and use are clearly set out. There is also an invaluable list of sources, biblical and rabbinical, in which the shofar is mentioned, including the relevant quotation in full. For the aspiring shofar blower, there are lots of useful tips to make sure your horn is heard on high.. The author's wide knowledge of music is continuously brought to bear, with occasionally luminous results.. Add to this expertise Montagu's easy conversational prose style, remarkable in any work, let alone one intended for the reference shelf, and you have the ideal gift for the holiday season, as well as a source of knowledge of lasting value.