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BOOKS (in chronological order)
The Historical Development of Hebrew Folksong (in Hebrew)
A survey of the history of Hebrew Song starting prior to the various waves of immigration to Palestine/Israel and up to 1963. [The Hebrew Reali School, Haifa]. Haifa, 1964/2009. Two volumes, 515 pp. Available only on the Internet.
A wide pioneering publication, the first one in the field of Hebrew Song. It includes survey of historical-musical research, analyses and interviews with many composers. The book is dedicated to Tsippi Fleischer’s parents.
The book is made up of two parts: Part One - an historic survey, sections of musical analyses, dance, an opinion poll amongst young people, ending with a song index. Part Two - documentation including a rich collection of interviews dictated by composers, poets and performers. The song index - all songs appearing in the book are given with the beginnings of text and of melody. TF/FolksongHistoryHeb.pdf  
Hebrew Song: A Guide for New Immigrants (in Various Languages)
Selection 1. [Levinsky College of Education, Music Division]. Tel Aviv, 1990. 26 double pages..
Words and music of a selection of songs from the various aliyot (waves of Jewish immigration to Israel), in chronological order, from the First Aliyah (1882-1903) to the Fifth (1929-1939). With explanations in four languages: Hebrew, Russian, English and Spanish.  
Luigi Cherubini's Médée (1797): A Study of its Musical and Dramatic Style
(including historical sources). UMI Company Microform 9817686. Ann Arbor, MI (USA), 1998. 354 pages.
Tsippi Fleischer's thesis for her doctorate in musicology, published in the United States as a book. Both text and music of the three acts of Cherubini's opera are analyzed in detail (in a combination of the analytical methods of Schenker and LaRue). The historical background to the composition of the opera is also discussed. [For a selected article: TF/MedeeCherubiniEng.pdf ],
[For full thesis (393 pp): TF/FullThesisEng.pdf ]
The Harmonization of Songs (in Hebrew)
Two volumes. [Mofet Institute and Levinsky College of Education]. Tel Aviv, 2005.
506 double pages [each volume contains an index of 18 double pages; 742 numbered musical illustrations plus some hundreds of smaller, unnumbered ones].
The method of harmonization of songs, developed by Tsippi Fleischer as an organized and basic methodology during decades of teaching, is presented in two volumes according to the following rationale: Volume 1 - Fundamentals (coverage of all the diatonic scales, including modes) Volume 2 - Applications and extensions (departure from tonality - yet its reinforcement in jazz; arrangements and works by composers). The book contains many musical examples taken from Hebrew Song as well as from classical music and popular world music. The various appendixes serve for further clarification. [For excerpts from the various chapters: TF/HirmunHeb.pdf]  
The Judgment of Solomon: An Interdisciplinary Approach to a Biblical Story (in Hebrew)
Mofet Institute [Educational kit by development teams] Tel Aviv, 2008.
The educatinal kit by Tsippi Fleischer and others, presented as a book together with a CD Rom, serves as a model for teaching of biblical subjects from different artistic aspects. Fleischer's chapter An Operatic Scene in Video - "The Judgment of Solomon" - From a Composer's desk deals with three subjects: the compositional process, constructive responses of many educators in connection with the field of education and research following on a video screening of the operatic scene The Judgment of Solomon [op. 27]; and the composer's thoughts on additional Biblical scenes which would benefit from a multimedia treatment in schoolrooms. Educators in the field of Bible studies, music and visual arts also participate in other chapters. [For excerpts: JudgmetofSolomon ]  
Matti Caspi - The Magic and the Enigma (in Hebrew)
Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2013.
The description of Matti Caspi's rich and unique harmonic world is accomplished with the analysis of 40 of his songs, together with a scrutiny of the various phases of his life and the influences by which he was affected. The analyses assign great importance to the texts he selected for setting.
The book also exists in an expanded, two-volume version (volumes 1 A-B; volume 2), reflecting the full scope of Dr. Fleischer's research. This version is only available for consultation at music libraries in Israel. For a sample of this expanded version, click:
[for more details, see: http://www.kibutz-poalim.co.il/matti_caspi;
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The Development of Hebrew Song: A Musical-Historical Overview [provisional title] (in Hebrew)
In preparation.
The period prior to the aliyot and until the beginning of the second millennium is arranged and presented as three stages:
I) Songs before the establishment of the State of Israel
II) Songs after the establishment of the State
III) Issues discussed from a number of cross-related angles.
The musical profiles - about 200 in number (of individuals and of groups) are represented by textual/ musical analysis of the songs' material, with an accent on their place in history. Of note in these analyses is the diagnostic differentiation between "melodists" and "harmonists".