Gerson-Kiwi, Edith

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GERSON-KIWI, EDITH (Esther ; 1908–1992), Israeli musicologist. Born in Berlin, she studied with the harpsichordist Wanda *Landowska. Settling in Ereẓ Israel in 1935, she devoted herself to teaching and to ethnomusicological research. Her work was sponsored at different periods by the Hebrew University, by the Ministry of Education and Culture, and by various foundations. It included the collection of musical recordings which, by 1970, comprised 7,000 items. From 1967 she also lectured at Tel Aviv University. Her writings deal with the musical traditions of Jewish communities and the mutual influences to be found in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim music. Her publications include The Persian Doctrine of Dastga Composition (1963) and "Vocal Folk Polyphonies of the Western Orient in Jewish Tradition" (in Yuval, 1 (1968), 169–93).


B. Bayer, in: Bat Kol, 3 (1961), 33–35.