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Klezmer Music 1910-1942: Recordings from the YIVO Archives

Various Artists
Klezmer Music 1910-1942: Recordings from the YIVO Archives

The traditional instrumental music of the Jews of Eastern Europe, referred to as "klezmer," can be traced to the Middle Ages, was brought to the U.S. by immigrants in the late 1800s–early 1900s, and is widely popular today. The primary instruments are clarinets, fiddles, various brass instruments and the tsimbl ―a variant of the hammered dulcimer.

Henry Sapoznik, an authority on klezmer music as well as a prominent klezmer musician, compiled and annotated this album. The collection consists of commercially recorded songs from 78 rpm records from New York City between 1910 and 1942, taken from the YIVO Archives. In his liner notes, Sapoznik discusses klezmer 's European background, its interaction with the American musical world (especially jazz), and the era in which the recordings were made.

Track Listing

Rusishe Sher Abe Schwartz's Orchestra 2:51
Rumanian Doina Abe Schwartz 3:23
Der Glater Bulgar (The Plain Bulgar) Taras Instrumental Trio 2:45
Shulem's Bulgarish Yenkowitz and Goldberg 3:26
Freylekhs Fun Der Khupe (Freylekhs From the Wedding Canopy) Harry Kandel's Orchestra 3:26
Der Rebe is Gegangen (The Rebe Went) Elenkrig's Orchestra 3:00
Vi Bist Du Geveyzn Far Prohibishn? (Where were You Before Prohibition?) Naftule Brandwein's Orchestra 3:00
Lebedik un Freylekh (Tants) (Lively and Happy Dance) Abe Schwartz's Orchestra 3:17
Doina S. (Shloimke) Kosch 2:43
Rusishe Sher I.J.Hochman's Jewish Orchestra 3:10
Oriental Hora Abe Schwartz 3:22
Di Boyberiker Khasene (The wedding in Boyberiker) (Part 01) Di Boyberiker Kapelye 3:15
Di Boyberiker Khasene (The wedding in Boyberiker) (Part 02) n/a 3:07
Firn Di Mekhutonim Aheym (Escorting the Parents of the Bride and Groom Home) Naftule Brandwein 3:40