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Winner of the European Prize
for Folklore

Susana Weich-Shahak

Moroccan Sephardic Romancero


Anthology of an Oral Tradition

Music/Ethnomusicology Folk and Traditional Jewish

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Moroccan Sephardic Romancero is an anthology of Sephardic Romances in the Moroccan tradition, based on four decades of research. Starting in the 1970s’ the author has collected more than two hundred variations on ballads from people living in the different countries of the Moroccan Diaspora. She was honored in 2014 with the European Prize for Folklore, recognizing her research on the Moroccan Sephardic Romancero.

For all of us who work on the traditional Romancero—and for all Hispanists whatever their speciality—we need to thank and congratulate Shoshana Weich...for having created and published a splendid book that is invaluable and full of pleasant surprises for the study of one of the most important branches of Spanish poetry: the Traditional Romancero.
Samuel G. Armistead
University of California, Davis

Susana Weich-Shahak’s anthology of the Moroccan Sephardic Romancero vividly brings to life the Judeo-Spanish ballads transmitted by Moroccan women over the course of time and in scattered locales. Through its careful presentation of more than two hundred songs and details of their transmission processes, this volume serves both to document a remarkable repertory in great detail and to memorialize the women who sustained these songs. This is a collection that speaks eloquently to the importance of music in Jewish life.
Kay Kaufman Shelemay
Harvard University

Translator's Note:
Translating Susana Weich-Shahak's Moroccan Sephardic Romancero to English has been a pleasure and honor. Having followed her writings for close to twenty years, I have been privy to the consistency of her details attention to the historical, textual and musical nuances within Judeo-Spanish song.
Vanessa Paloma Elbaz
Sorbonne Paris Cité
Founder and Director
KHOYA: Jewish Morocco Sound Archive

ISBN 9781935604105 Cloth. 256 pages. $49.95
ISBN 9781935604556 Paper. 256 pages. $29.95

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Susana Weich-Shahak

Ethnomusicologist: PhD degree in Musicology at the Tel Aviv University (1986), PhD Dissertation on "The Music of Four Indian Tribes of the Peruvian Forest: Yagua, Campa, Mashco and Orejón", based on  recordings of music and mythical tales collected in fieldwork made possible by grants of the Tel Aviv University.
Since 1973, research on the Sephardi Musical Tradition at the Jewish Music Research Center of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; her fieldwork recordings are catalogued at the National Sound Archive of the National Laibrary.

Publications: Judeo-Spanish Moroccan Songs for the Life Cycle; Romancero Sefardí de Marruecos (Antología de tradición oral); Romancero Sefardí de Oriente; Repertorio Tradicional Infantil Sefardí: Retahilas, juegos, canciones y romances de tradición oral; La boda sefardí.

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