Edwin Seroussi

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Edwin Seroussi

Edwin Seroussi (born 26 December 1952 in Montevideo) is an Israeli musicologist of Uruguayan origin. He is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology, director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a visiting scholar in Jewish studies at Dartmouth College.[1] He is the 2018 Israel Prize laureate in the field of Musicology.[2]


Edwin Seroussi was born in Montevideo, Uruguay.[3] He immigrated to Israel in 1971 to study at the Department of Musicology of the Hebrew University at the undergraduate and graduate levels continuing into his doctoral studies at the Department of Music (today the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music of the University of California Los Angeles (1981-1987). Upon graduation he taught at Bar-Ilan University (1988-2000), transferring in 2000 to the Hebrew University.[4]

He founded and edits Yuval Music Series and is editor of the CD series Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel of the Jewish Music Research Centre.[5]

Areas of Research and Publications[edit]

Seroussi's earliest publications explored diverse aspects of the history and consolidation of Sephardic liturgical music (see for example: Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue Music in Reform Sources from Hamburg, Jerusalem, 1996). At the same time, he started to explore the Judaeo-Spanish song repertoire, leading an international team in the editing of the Cancionero sefardi (1995) by Alberto Hemsi, one of the largest field collections of Sephardic songs from the pre-World War II period. Another line of historical research into the same repertoire led to the publication of Incipitario sefardi with the collaboration of Rivka Havassy.[6] This volume records all the songs in Judaeo-Spanish mentioned as melody clues in collections of Hebrew sacred poetry in manuscript and printed.

Later on he turned his attention to popular music in Israel. Results of this research appeared in the book that he co-authored with sociologist of culture Motti Regev, Popular Music and National Culture in Israel.[7]

Digital Humanities[edit]

Seroussi initiated the development of an innovative online platform, Jewish Cultures Mapped,[8] in collaboration with computer scientist and vocal performing artist Dr. Josef Sprinzak and web graphic designer, researcher, educator and media activist Mushon Zer-Aviv[9] (aka Shu'al).[10] Launched by the research project Da'at Hamakom[11] in 2017 and under the care of the Jewish Music Research Centre [12] since late 2019, this unique interactive web-based map is based on innovative digital-mapping and information visualization technologies designed to explore and experience Jewish cultures in their historical development from a perspective of time and space. The map offers easy accessibility of high quality content to a wide range of publics, such as university researchers, school teachers, students and lay persons searching for information in a platform that differs from extant searching and data mining engines.

See also[edit]

Edwin Seroussi


  1. ^ Seroussi, Edwin. "Curruculum Vitae".
  2. ^ "Hebrew University professor Edwin Seroussi awarded Israel Prize". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  3. ^ "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Humanities". www.hum.huji.ac.il. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Edwin Seroussi's updated list of publications".
  5. ^ "Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem". www.jewish-music.ac.il. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  6. ^ Seroussi, Edwin; Havassy, Rivka (9 October 2009). Incipitario sefardi: El Cancionero judeoespañol en fuentes hebreas (siglos xv-xix). CSIC. ISBN 978-8400088828 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Regev, Motti; Seroussi, Edwin (26 April 2004). Popular Music and National Culture in Israel. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520236547 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "Jewish Cultures Mapped". http://jewish-cultures-maped/org/#/?_k=zkfdyx. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Mushon Zer Aviv". www.mushon.com. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Shual". www.shual.com/jewish-cultures-mapped/. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Da'at Hamakom". www.daat-hamakom.com. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  12. ^ "Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem". www.jewish-music.ac.il. Retrieved 18 January 2020.

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