The Book of Klezmer: The History, the Music, the Folklore

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Chicago Review Press, 2002 - Music - 400 pages
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Klezmer is Yiddish music, the music of the Jews of Europe and America, a music of laughter and tears, of weddings and festivals, of dancing and prayer. Born in the Middle Ages, it came of age in the shtetl (the Eastern European Jewish country town), where "a wedding without klezmer is worse than a funeral without tears." Most of the European klezmorim (klezmer players) were murdered in the Holocaust; in the last 25 years, however, klezmer has been reborn, with dozens of groups, often mixing klezmer with jazz or rock, gaining large followings throughout the world.
"The Book of Klezmer" traces the music's entire history, making use of extensive documentary material; interviews with forgotten klezmorim as well as luminaries such as Theodore Bikel, Leonard Nimoy, Joel Grey, Andy Statman, and John Zorn; and dozens of illuminating, stirring, and previously unpublished photographs.
 

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The recent upsurge of interest in klezmer music has spawned several impressive books. Seth Rogovoy's The Essential Klezmer and Mark Slobin's Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World are both ... Read full review

Contents

one Fun David HaMelekh biz Duvid der Klezmer From King David to Duvid the Klezmer
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two Fun der Haskole biz Dem Khurbn From the Enlightenment to the Holocaust
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18801960 Klezmer in the New World 18801960
143
Di BaleKulturniks From Zev to Zorn The Masters of Culture
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appendix 1 Klezmer Zikhroynes in di Yizker Bikher Klezmer Memories in the Memorial Books
267
appendix 2 Klezmer Loshn Klezmer Slang
327
appendix 3 Klezmer Nigunim Klezmer Tunes
343
Glossary
355
Bibliography
363
Discography
371
Index
375
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Yale Strom is one of the world's leading ethnographers of klezmer culture. He has been doing field research in Central and Eastern Europe on the topic since 1981.

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