The Judeo-Portuguese musical traditions in France

Hervé Roten - Maisonneuve et Larose, 2000, Paris.


During the first half of the XVIth century, several families composed of Portuguese Maranos, who fled the persecutions from the Inquisition, settle in Bayonne’s region. Considered as “new Christians”, they practice secretly Judaism until its official recognition in 1790.

These ancient Portuguese nations from South West of France have already been the subject of many researches. But their musical traditions have never been studied completely. This book aims for this.

During nearly 200 years, the Jewish communities of Bordeaux and Bayonne developed an intense musical activity, as witnessed by the ten compilations of sheet music and many recordings that exist today. These sources offer a multiple view on the Judeo-Portuguese musical traditions in France.

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