Judaism in Music
Judaism in Music

Language: English
Year: 1910
Pages: 96
Format: PDF (Scans)
Size: 7 MB
Here, then, we touch the point that brings us closer to our main inquiry: we have to explain to ourselves the involuntary repellence possessed for us by the nature and personality of the Jews, so as to vindicate that instinctive dislike which we plainly recognise as stronger and more overpowering than our conscious zeal to rid ourselves thereof. Even to-day we only purposely belie ourselves, in this regard, when we think necessary to hold immoral and taboo all open proclamation of our natural repugnance against the Jewish nature. [...] Now we shall never win these forces from an abstract definition of that phenomenon per se, but only from an accurate acquaintance with the nature of that involuntary feeling of ours which utters itself as an instinctive repugnance against the Jew's prime essence. Through it, through this unconquerable feeling — if we avow it quite without ado — must there become plain to us what we hate in that essence.

If, on the other hand, we find ourselves driven to this more heated expression, in converse with a Jew, he will always shuffle off, since he is incapable of replying in kind. Never does the Jew excite himself in mutual interchange of feelings with us, but — so far as we are concerned — only in the altogether special egoistic interest of his vanity or profit. [...] Song is just Talk aroused to highest passion: Music is the speech of Passion.[...] Very naturally, in Song — the vividest and most indisputable expression of the personal emotional-being — the peculiarity of the Jewish nature attains for us its climax of distastefulness; and on any natural hypothesis, we might hold the Jew adapted for every sphere of art, excepting that whose basis lies in Song.
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