Monday, September 20, 2004

It's easy to check the origins of a line of poetry or prose. Are you wondering who said "Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense?" (Hint: It wasn't me) A trip to the library, or a few clicks on Google and the answer is yours.

Don't you wish you could do the same thing with music? Who composed the haunting tune our Rosh Hashana chazan used for Unisana Tokef? Was the melody he used for L'kel Orach Din an old tune from Europe, or was it that latest Dedi offering? Was the composer a famous rabbi or was he a famous cantor? Is this a mideival song, or a dressed up peasent tune? Did the Rama know it? Did the Rambam?

Is there an easy way to find out? Can I hum a few bars into a search engine and get the answers?


I bet someone who went to school to be a cantor (cantorial school?) would know some of these answers. For starters, you might want to peruse this web site:  
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