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Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory

Walter Zev Feldman

Abstract

Klezmer: Music, History and Memory is the first comprehensive study of the music created by the Jewish musicians’ guild of Eastern Europe—the klezmorim. Klezmer music was the unique example of an instrumental repertoire and performance style created by Jews. Its primary venue was the multi-day Jewish wedding, with its many ritual and processional melodies, its table music for listening, and its varied forms of Jewish dance. This book demonstrates the relation of klezmer music to Jewish dance, with its expressive gestures, connected both to synagogue prayer and to the Yiddish language. While a ... More

Keywords: Yiddish, Jewish dance, Ashkenaz, East European Jewish society, liturgical, klezmer, klezmorim

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190244514
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190244514.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter Zev Feldman, author
Visiting Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi