Many of the books listed here are out of print, but diligent searching may prove successful. A few of these works are histories that do not provide any music, but do help deepen one’s understanding of and appreciation for Sephardic history and culture.

Corrections and additions are very welcome.


  • 9-I.InstitutAlgazi, Léon. Chants Sephardis. Paris: World Sephardi Federation, 1958.
  • Armistead, Samuel G., Joseph H. Silverman, and Biljan Sljivic-Simsic.  Judeo-Spanish Ballads from Bosnia.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1971.
  • Benbassa, Esther, and Aron Rodrigue. Sephardi Jewry: A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community, 14th-20th Centuries. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1993.
  • Benmayor, Rina. Romances Judeo-Españoles de Oriente. Madrid: Catedra-Seminario-Menendez Pidal Editorial Credos, 1979.
  • 515w4jf27mL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Castel, Nico. The Nico Castel Ladino Songbook. Owings Mills, Md.: Tara Publications, 1981.
    Cardozo, Abraham Lopes. Music of the Sephardim. New York: Herzl Press, 1960.
  • —. Selected Sephardic Chants. Owings Mills, Md.: Tara Publications, 1991.
  • —. Sephardic Songs of Praise. Owings Mills, Md.: Tara Publications, 1987.
  • Cohen, Linda F.  Sarinka, A Sephardic Holocaust Journey: From Yugoslavia to an Internment Camp in America. FLC Publisher, 2019.
  • Elazar, Samuel. El Romancero Judeo-Español. Paris, El Mundo Djudeo-Espanyol, 2008.
  • Gerber, Jane S. The Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience. New York: The Free Press, 1992.
  • The-Flory-Jagoda-SongbookJagoda, Flory. The Flory Jagoda Songbook. Owings Mills, Md.: Tara Publications, 1992.
  • Juhasz, Esther, editor. Sephardi Jews in the Ottoman Empire. Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Publishing House, 1989.
  • Katz, Israel J. Judeo-Spanish Traditional Ballads from Jerusalem. Brooklyn: Institute of Mediaeval Music, 1975.
  • Lieberman, Julia R., editor. Sephardi Family Life in the Early Modern Diaspora.Waltham, Ma.: Brandeis University Press, 2011.
  • downloadLevy, Isaac. Chants Judeo-Espagnols. London: World Sephardi Federation, 1959.
  • Matza, Diane, editor. Sephardic-American Voices: Two Hundred  Years of a Literary Legacy. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1997.
  • Robertson, Carol E., editor. Musical Repercussions of 1492: Encounters in Text and Performance. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.
  • Shahak, Susan Weich. Musica y Tradiciones Sefardies. Salamanca: Centro de Cultura Tradicional, 1992.
  • 22671-MLM7752574765_012015-OStevenson, Robert. Spanish Music in the Age of Columbus. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1960


Flory Jagoda Portrait by Tom Pich
Flory Jagoda Portrait by Tom Pich

Howard Bass:

Tina Chancey:
Susan Gaeta:
Flory Jagoda:

Joel Bresler’s Sephardic Song Survey:

Singing the Memory of Sepharad: Traditional Sephardic Song and its Interpretation by Katerina Garcia

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