Association for Jewish studies 1998- 23(1) by Nelson, M

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Ri" ;n n n3 •n=x nx. oa "i*5 n u-tshuvot,p. 176). OFRABBILEONMODENA MUSICIN THELIFEANDTHOUGHT 43 As a point of departureModenaappearsto distinguishbetweentwo or morestatementsin singlevoices, whichone mightcall horizontalrepeats,and one statementin each, leadingto whatone mightcall verticalrepeats(better The composersof artmusicreiteratewordshorizontally,or "simultaneities"). Yet in his responsum,he is concernedwith the second kind of repeats,to which, it might be remarked,no one in his right mind could possibly raise any objection,unless of coursehe was basicallyinimicalto partmusic.

Job 8:19 ("la~'rt lVb Kn-1,,). " f '"lnfv [1],, pn / '' 'fiTllbt / 105. mnfl . 107 (2) May therebe rejoicing/ andjoyous song / in his heart... "0 (7) He set / the music,/ which he published, to the words/ of [David's]psalms,/ usingjoyful melodies (8) To be presented/ in joy and song"'/ beforethe Ark on the Sabbath,/ all feastdays,/ andfestivals. "3 Whether these poems were meant to be sung is an open question. Given the musical contents and functions of so many other poems by Modena, including a number of wedding odes,"14 it is likely they were.

789-790). ) 13. For details, see quaestio portion of a rabbinicalresponsumpublishedby Modena in 1605 (London,British Library,MS Add. 27148, fol. 9a); cf. She'elot u-t'huvot: Ziqnei Yehuda["Responsaof the Eldersof Judah"],ed. Shlomo Simonsohn(Jerusalem:RabbiKuk Foundation,1956), pp. Furtherinformationis containedin a letterthatModenawrote,in the same year,to JudahSaltaroda Fano:cf. Igrot rabbi YehudaArie mim-Modena["Letters 22 DONHARRAN membersof the congregation("we decidedon a meetingplace and hireda teacherwho came to teach every day.

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