Music is the expression and soul of the Sephardic culture. Music plays a phenomenal role in constructing the history of Sephardic in the twentieth century. Many Sephardi people were involved in the preservation and publication of music.
Moroccan Sephardic Music
The Jews of Morocco had quite a striking effect on the Sephardic music. Their traditional ballads of lullabies, court romance, and biblical songs in medieval Spanish had a strong impact on their music. The combinations of these melodies and songs are referred as Sephardic music.
Movement Of Iberian Jews To New Lands
After Iberian Jews moved to other areas, Sephardic music absorbed several aspects of the music from the new locations. In today’s Sephardic music, the influence of Balkan rhythms and the high pitched ululations of North African locales and the Turkish Maqam mode can be observed. Each relocation influenced and added something in the Sephardic music. From Ottoman Empire, France, England, Italy, Germany, U.S.A., South America and Canada, Jews moved in different parts of the globe from Spain.
Multilayered International Influence
Sephardic music retained the Jewish culture and acted like a representative of its original environment despite migration of Jewish people all around the world. The fragments of musical traditions of romance in the popular lyric songs of Sephardic music from nineteenth century Spanish compositions. Other Sephardic songs are based on local compositions based on events, old narrative ballads and calendar cycle songs of Sephardic music are from nineteenth century Spanish compositions.
Types Of Sephardic Music
Sephardic music is of mainly types consisting of topical songs for entertainment, ceremonial and spiritual songs and romance songs. Their lyrics are in many languages including Hebrew which is mainly for spiritual songs and Ladino, a language made from the mixture of Spanish and Hebrew.