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Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory (Hardback)
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Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory (Hardback)

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Hardback 440 Pages / Published: 12/01/2017
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Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory is the first comprehensive study of the musical structure and social history of klezmer music, the music of the Jewish musicians' guild of Eastern Europe. Emerging in 16th century Prague, the klezmer became a central cultural feature of the largest transnational Jewish community of modern times - the Ashkenazim of Eastern Europe. Much of the musical and choreographic history of the Ashkenazim is embedded in the klezmer repertoire, which functioned as a kind of non-verbal communal memory. The complex of speech, dance, and musical gesture is deeply rooted in Jewish expressive culture, and reached its highest development in Eastern Europe. Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory reveals the artistic transformations of the liturgy of the Ashkenazic synagogue in klezmer wedding melodies, and presents the most extended study available in any language of the relationship of Jewish dance to the rich and varied klezmer music of Eastern Europe. Author Walter Zev Feldman expertly examines the major sources principally in Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Romanian from the 16th to the 20th centuries, including interviews with authoritative European-born klezmorim conducted over a period of more than thirty years in America, Eastern Europe, and Israel. In its musical analysis, this book draws upon the foundational collections of the late Tsarist and early Soviet periods, plus rare cantorial and klezmer manuscripts from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190244514
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 746 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm


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"Deeply informed by historical research, fine-tuned cultural sensibilities, priceless interviews, and decades of experience as a performer and teacher, this book will stand for many years to come as a monument to Jewish musical creativity, to the specificity of Ashkenaz, and to the fruitful workings of diasporic interaction."--Jonathan Boyarin, Diann G. and Thomas Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, Cornell University


"Feldman draws knowledge and wisdom straight from the wellsprings of klezmer music as a pioneer researcher, performer, and thinker. His deep regional knowledge, rigorous fieldwork, historical insight, and close collaboration with key musicians make this seminal volume outstanding."--Mark Slobin, Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music, Wesleyan University




"Deeply informed by historical research, fine-tuned cultural sensibilities, priceless interviews, and decades of experience as a performer and teacher, this book will stand for many years to come as a monument to Jewish musical creativity, to the specificity of Ashkenaz, and to the fruitful workings of diasporic interaction."--Jonathan Boyarin, Diann G. and Thomas Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, Cornell University


"Feldman draws knowledge and wisdom straight from the wellsprings of klezmer music as a pioneer researcher, performer, and thinker. His deep regional knowledge, rigorous fieldwork, historical insight, and close collaboration with key musicians make this seminal volume outstanding."--Mark Slobin, Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music, Wesleyan University


"Feldman's text addresses important voids in the field, and will be regarded as a valuable reference volume." --Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory


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