The Musical Tradition of the Eastern European Synagogue, Volume 3A
The Sabbath Eve Service
An exhaustive anthology of the musical liturgy of the Sabbath eve
The Sabbath Eve Service, a three-book set, is to date the most comprehensive
annotated anthology of authentic musical liturgy of the
Eastern European synagogue Friday night Shabbat service. Part of a
projected five-volume set, this series is dedicated to the preservation
and illumination of the legacy of Eastern European synagogue music,
a legacy that represents both the spiritual and artistic core of Jewish
life and history. Passed down for generations in the form of oral tradition,
over time it inspired prodigious musical creativity resulting in a
vast repertoire of cantorial and choral compositions, ranking as one of
the great sacred musical collections of the world.
This music has never before been completely archived or documented.
With The Sabbath Eve Service, Kalib is rescuing that segment
of this cherished heritage, making it accessible for generations
View a performance of the refrain and second stanza of the central liturgical poem of the Sabbath Eve service by a boys and men’s choir—a common medium of choral singing in the Eastern European Synagogue.
Sholom Kalib is author of The Musical Tradition of the Eastern European
Synagogue: Volumes I and II. He is professor emeritus of music theory and
literature at Eastern Michigan University and has been a practicing cantor for
over sixty years.