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Ronit Seter
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar

Israeli Composers between Jewishness and the World

NEH Summer Stipend 2012 will support the writing of two chapters for my book "Israeli Composers between Jewishness and the World." (On 9/27/11, it received full approval for a contract offer from Oxford University Press.) This book tells the story of Israeli composers of art (serious, concert, "classical") music: Paul Ben-Haim, Josef Tal, Mordecai Seter, Betty Olivero, and others from the nation's founding to the present. As in Bartok's work, nationalism, orientalism, and folklorism intersect in their music to define a national style. Israel's art music, however, treats these elements as dichotomies: it simultaneously defies and adheres to a distinct nationalist project; it embraces the Orient as both Self and Other; and its folkloric base is both local and international. During the Stipend time, I will focus on Israeli-American composers: Chaya Czernowin (Harvard University) and Jan Radzynski (Ohio State University), whose Grove entries I wrote, and Shulamit Ran.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2012 – 8/31/2012