Naxos Milken Archive series

American Jewish Music

Milken Archive

A musical adventure of historic proportions, the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music is an international undertaking to record, preserve and distribute a vast cross-section, comprising hundreds of outstanding pieces of American Jewish music from the past 350 years.

While secular music by American Jewish composers such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein is widely available, the Milken Archive's focus on the rich body of music specifically related to the American Jewish experience, both sacred and secular, is unprecedented.

Most of the music in the Milken Archive has never before been recorded. In some cases, the Milken Archive has rediscovered major works by leading composers such as Darius Milhaud and Stefan Wolpe; in other cases, the Milken Archive has recorded music that has not been performed in decades.

When completed, the Milken Archive will comprise the largest collection of American Jewish music ever recorded.

With the advent of the Milken Archive, music lovers, educators, cantors, conductors, composers and the general public will now be able to appreciate and enjoy – for the first time ever – a collection of American Jewish music encyclopedic in its scope and universal in its appeal.

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