Astor Judaica Library
Special Music Score Collection

The CJC Astor Judaica Library Special Music Score Collection contains manuscripts and published works of about 1300 vocal and 100 instrumental scores of Jewish liturgical (and holiday) and secular music. The library also contains books with music scores. Some of the earliest scores of vocal liturgical music date from the mid-1800s. Most of the vocal liturgical scores are in Hebrew and have English transliterations. Most of the vocal secular scores are in Hebrew or Yiddish; they also have English transliterations.

These scores are organized in the following categories:
Liturgical
Liturgical and Secular
Secular Hebrew
Secular English
Secular Yiddish
Secular German, Ladino, and Russian
Instrumental

The vocal scores are of the following types:
• Solos with and without accompaniment
• Duets with and without accompaniment
• Trios with and without accompaniment
• Quartets with and without accompaniment
• Quintets accompanied
• Solos with choir with and without accompaniment
• Solo collections with and without accompaniment
• Duet collections with and without accompaniment
• Trio collections with and without accompaniment
• Quartet collections with and without accompaniment
• Solo with choir collections with and without accompaniment
• Mixed voice collections with and without accompaniment

The instrumental scores are of the following types:
• Piano/organ
• Piano/organ collections
• Violin with piano
• Piano, violin & cello
• Cello collections
• Violin collections
• C-instrument/ treble clef with piano
• Treble clef melody lines
• Treble clef melody line collections
• 2 C instruments/treble clef & piano
• 2 E-flat saxes
• Flute, 2 violins, cello & bass
• Flute or oboe, cello & piano collections
• Violin or mandolin collections
• B-flat tenor sax or clarinet collections
• B-flat trumpet or cornet collections
• B-flat clarinet collections
• B-flat clarinet or tenor sax collections
• Flute, cello & organ or harp

Most of these scores were contributions of the late cantor and choir director Henri Goldberg and Dr. Harry Ruja, SDSU Professor of Philosophy and Psychology and founder of SDSU’s Judaic Studies Department. Additional contributions were made by Sheldon Merel, Cantor Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel. Part-time library volunteers Eileen Wingard and Ted Parker began organizing these scores in 2010. Scores in envelopes and books are now filed by category and type in file cabinets near the copier in the library. Each has a label in the upper left corner that shows the title, composer, arranger, editor, text writer, text language, publisher and publication date, category, and type. The languages are English (Eng), Hebrew (Heb), Yiddish (Yid), Russian (Rus), German (Ger), and Ladino (Lad). A "T" indicated a transliteration.

You can click on the score categories shown above for PDF (portable document files)that list scores by category and type. The contents of most collections are included. Hard copies of these files are also in a notebook at the librarian’s desk. They also contain copies of the contents of books with more items, many of which are in Hebrew, than could be listed in the Word files.

Access to this collection is limited to the times when a librarian or library volunteer is present. They can tell you how you can borrow and copy scores.