Augmented Understanding: Srul Irving Glick and the Redefinition of the Concept of Jewish Composers

Deborah Hopper


North American Jewish musicians and composers in the early twentieth century fought many of the same difficulties as their predecessors in Europe. The pressure to assimilate affected them in such a way that many sought to distance themselves from overly Jewish subjects. However, as the century progressed, musicians and composers began investigating these issues and challenging previously accepted assumptions. One such musician was the Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick.

Through years of introspection and self-analysis, Glick discovered that his roots in Judaism were stronger and more important to his identity than were the opinions of others. Thus, with a stronger sense of self, Glick began incorporating Jewish folk idioms and elements of cantorial music into his compositions. This article investigates Glick’s journey to acceptance. From concealment to glorification, this article will show that it is Glick’s music that truly reflects the heart and soul of this incredible Canadian composer.


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