Highly readable and engaging . . . Frühauf offers a wonderfully rich tour of a very broad subject, providing terrific examples of representative Jewish music from holidays and tradition as well as classical music and popular culture.
No fuddy duddy encapsulation here. Ms. Frühauf begins with the first Jewish congregation established in North America in 1654, then proceeds to trace Jewish music as it came to be heard through the screen, concert hall, and rock stages. The name of the game here is to identify the diversity and complexity of this music. Heck, there’s even a section on Broadway. How can you resist?”