3: Sheet music cover, “Kol Nidre,” 1913.
This arrangement of Kol Nidre for piano, violin, and mandolin, with words, was printed by Solomon Schenker, one of many music publishers working out of small outlet stores in New York’s Lower East Side at the turn of the century.
Suggested Activity: Ask your students to describe what the image on the sheet music conveys. What objects of Jewish ritual are present, and what does that tell them about the sheet music’s audience and the associations the public had with Kol Nidre? Ask your students to design their own contemporary sheet music cover for Kol Nidre. Ask them to think about who their audience is and what kind of message they want to convey about the meaning or context of the music.
Source: Center for Jewish History NYC, “Sheet music: Kol Nidre,” Flickr, Sep. 15 2010, https://www.flickr.com/photos/center_for_jewish_history/4991049347.