Variations on a Hebrew theme: The politics of art music in Israel

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No culture, no society, remains static but changes imperceptibly day by day. The struggle waged by western art music in Israel for survival is eerily suggestive of how Israeli society in general has changed since the early Zionists set the course for the creation of a Jewish nation-state. Once regarded as the civilized face and civilizing influence of the Jewish national endeavour in Palestine/Israel, its advocates claim ever more desperately that western art music in Israel is in a state of rapid decline. Yet public opinion surveys reveal that the Israeli public backs state support for arts and culture whether or not people participate in cultural activities. Despite this, the internal ethnic struggle for domination of the arts and culture world and the rearguard action by culture administrators are both in danger of being overtaken by the country's exposure to global popular culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-123
Number of pages11
JournalGeo Journal
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 2006


  • Art music
  • Israel
  • Nationalism
  • Western culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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