[PW] Was the French composer Adophe Adam Jewish?

Marci Frederick marci.frederick at emu.edu
Wed Dec 22 05:46:27 PST 2021


Thanks, T. F.

Marci Frederick

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On Wed, Dec 22, 2021 at 6:27 AM T.F. Mills <phasco at earthlink.net> wrote:

> On 20 Dec 2021 at 10:28, Marci Frederick wrote:
>
> > A thread is going around concerning "O holy night,"
> > <
> https://mikefrost.net/midnight-christians-the-most-radical-christmas-song-ever-written/
> >which
> > asserts that the French composer Adolphe Adam was Jewish. I checked
> > *Grove's* and a few other places but have not been able to verify this.
> Any
> > sources pro or con about this would be appreciated.
>
> Did you google this?  (using either juif or Jewish.)  Tons of hits,
> and quite a few seem high on the reliability scale.
>
> A couple:
>
> https://history-day-by-day.com/tag/o-holy-night/
>
> https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2020/11/19/brief-h
> istory-o-holy-night-christmas-hymn-review
>
> Consensus of scholars seems to be that Adam was NOT
> Jewish, definitely of secular persuasion, possibly of "Jewish
> ancestry" (a concept fraught with difficulty).  The latter may need
> a little more digging (if you are interested), but it may have
> originally been just a variation on the biased charge of Adam's
> personal "jewishness."  (We're talking of the era of the 1848
> revolutions when conservative anti-semitism was prominent, i.e.
> all leftists are an evil "foreign" threat, Jews perenially topping the
> list.)
>
>
>
> T.F. Mills
> (Colorado, USA)
>
>
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