In 1960, Amnon received a Master of Arts degree from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In 1963, Shiloah attained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Paris (also known as Sorbonne).
("Jewish Musical Traditions" is the first English-language...)
"Jewish Musical Traditions" is the first English-language volume to consider oral music of Jewish communities in a sociocultural context. Amnon Shiloah, the world's leading authority on the Arab and Jewish musical traditions, tells a musical story, voiced the world over by men and women in synagogues and homes, mirroring the life of an ancient people, exiled from its land.
(This overview of the music and musical life of an immense...)
This overview of the music and musical life of an immense geographical area over a time-span, that lasted roughly from the fifth century to our days, attempts to describe outstanding musical events and stylistic developments against the background of major historical and political happenings, and to indicate their relationship to other cultural fields.
(A fascinating aspect of the study of music in medieval Is...)
A fascinating aspect of the study of music in medieval Islamic and Judaic writings is the broad and interdisciplinary nature of the works and treatises in which it is covered. In addition, such works verbalize an art, that was transmitted orally and took shape spontaneously, typically with improvisation during performance. As a result of this outlook, the musical concept (or science) is often intertwined with practice (or history). This second collection by Amnon Shiloah brings together twenty-two studies, exemplifying such multi-faceted viewpoints on the world of sounds and its virtue.
Initially, Amnon studied at Jerusalem Academy of Music, where he received his diploma in 1954. Later, he continued his studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he learned Arabic language and literature, graduating with a Master of Arts degree in 1960. In 1963, Shiloah attained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Paris (also known as Sorbonne), where he studied musicology.
During the period from 1948 till 1950, Amnon served in the War of Independence in Israel. He began his career as a musicologist of Israeli art music in the early 1950's, when he published interviews with thirteen founding Israeli composers about national identity in their music (published in "Massa", 1953). His "Massa" interviews were often cited as a pioneer work, and his contribution to Israel Music Institute News quarterly was an influential contribution to the study of Orientalism in Israeli art music.
In 1962, Shiloah began working as a researcher at the École des hautes études in Paris, a post he held till 1965. Between 1965 and 1969, he served as a director of Folk Music Department at Israel Broadcasting Service (Kol Israel). Also, from 1965 till 1969, Amnon was a director and producer of musical and literary programs at Jewish Music Research Center.
Moreover, in 1965, Amnon began lecturing at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a post he held till 1969, when he was appointed a senior lecturer. In 1971, Shiloah was promoted to the post of an associate professor. Between 1971-1974 and 1992-1994, he acted as a chair of the Department of Musicology. In 1978, Amnon was appointed a full professor at the same university, a post he held till 1997, when he was made a Professor Emeritus.
During his long career at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he also filled several administrative posts, such as a director of Misgav Yerushalayim (Center for the Study of the Sephardic and Oriental Heritage) (1975-1976); head of the Institute of Languages, Literatures and Arts (1980-1984) and a provost of the Rothberg School for Overseas Students (1985-1989).
At the international level, he had a distinguished career too, serving as a board member of the International Musicological Society from 1977 till 1982, and a member of the program committee for this institution’s international conferences.
Along the years, Amnon also was invited to lecture at various universities and research institutions around the world.
(This overview of the music and musical life of an immense...)1995
(A fascinating aspect of the study of music in medieval Is...)2007
("Jewish Musical Traditions" is the first English-language...)1992
Amnon was a member of the International Musicological Society, Israel Musicological Society, Israel Near-Eastern Society and Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies.
Amnon was interested in the study in an interdisciplinary way of all socio-cultural aspects of Near-Eastern musical traditions, present and past.
Amnon married Anna-Lya Haimovici, a social worker, on March 1, 1957. Their marriage produced three children — Eldad, Noga and Abigail.