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Lot #    20419
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 12:23:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Die Hauslichen Sabbatgesange
Title (Hebrew)    זמירות שבת
Author    [Music - First Ed.] Arno Nadel
City    Berlin
Publisher    Im Schocken Verlag
Publication Date    1937
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 65,21 pp., musical scores, 193:120mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original boards, lacking spine.
   A songbook of Sabbath songs, traditionally sung at the Sabbath table. The first 65 pages includes musical scores and the Hebrew words are transliterated with Latin characters. The final 21 pages include the Hebrew text of the songs in vowelled Hebrew characters.

Arno Nadel (1878–1943), German poet and liturgical musicologist. Born in Vilna, Lithuania, Nadel studied liturgical music under Eduard Birnbaum in Koenigsberg. In 1895, he entered the Jewish Teachers' Institute in Berlin and spent the rest of his life in Berlin. His first book, a volume of aphorisms and verse entitled Aus vorletzten und letzten Gruenden (1909), betrayed the influence of Nietzschean philosophy. His later works dealt mainly with biblical and Jewish themes. They include the play "Adam," staged in Karlsruhe in 1917; Das Jahr des Juden (1920), a collection of 12 poems; Rot und gluehend ist das Auge des Juden (1920); Der Suendenfall (1920); and Juedische Volkslieder (1923). His most important verse collection, Der Ton (1921, enlarged 1926), constitutes his Jewish reply to the nihilism of his time. He also published a German translation of An-Ski's drama, Der Dybbuk (1921), Der weissagende Dionysos (1934), a collection of his later poetry, was republished after World War II.

In 1916 Nadel was appointed conductor of the choir at the synagogue in the Pestalozzistrasse, and later became musical supervisor of the Berlin synagogues. He devoted much effort to the collection and study of synagogal music and East European Jewish folk song, searching for manuscripts and noting oral traditions. Many of these he published and discussed in the music supplements of the Berlin Gemeindeblatt and Ost und West, and in his articles on Jewish music in the Juedisches Lexicon, and the German Encyclopaedia Judaica. Some of the Yiddish folk songs were also published separately, as in his Jonteff Lieder (1919) and Juedische Liebeslieder (1923). Drawing on his researches, Nadel restored old traditions and raised the standards of the synagogue choirs. His manuscript collection included several unique cantors' manuals, such as that of Judah Elias of Hanover (1744). All of this he planned to incorporate in a multivolume compendium of synagogal music entitled Hallelujah, which was to have been published under the auspices of the Berlin community. The preparation of the earlier volumes was apparently well under way before Nadel was transported to Auschwitz, where he was murdered. His papers are reported to have been hidden in time, but most have not been recovered.

Nadel was himself a composer, and wrote the incidental music for Stefan Zweig's "Jeremias" (1918). A man of many talents, he also excelled as a graphic artist and as a painter of landscapes and portraits.

Paragraph 2    Die Haeuslichen Sabbatgesaenge. Gesammelt und herausgegeben von Arno Nadel.

[1], כא עמ': "זמירות לליל שבת, ליום השבת ולמוצאי שבת". בעברית. 65 עמ', משמאל לימין: דברי מבוא מאת העורך (בגרמנית), ותווי-נגינה של הזמירות. במבוא כותב העורך שהטקסט העברי נערך ע"י Zobel Moritz.

   EJ; CD-EPI 0202248
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Music:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica