New York Klezmer in the Early Twentieth Century
The Music of Naftule Brandwein and Dave Tarras
No two musicians represent New York klezmer more than clarinetists Naftule Brandwein (1884-1963)and Dave Tarras (1897-1989). Born in eastern Europe to respected klezmer families, both musicians had successful careers as performers and recording artists in New York. Their legacy has had an enduring impact and helped to spurthe revival of klezmer since the 1970s.
Using their iconic recordings as a case study, New York Klezmer in the Early Twentieth Century looks at the inner workings of klezmer dance music, from its compositional aspects to the minutiae of style. Making use of historical and ethnographic sources, the book places the music within a larger social and cultural context stretching from eastern Europe of the nineteenth century to the United Statesof the present.
JOEL E. RUBIN is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Virginia and an acclaimed performer of traditional klezmer music.
A Wedding in Town Was Like a Holiday: A Short History of Klezmorim in Europe
Life Began with the Lower East Side: Changing Meanings, Changing Contexts
A Kind of "Ethnomusicological Archive": Commercial 78-rpm Recordings of Klezmer Music
A Single Field Irrespective of Origin: Polymusicality and Language, Aesthetics, Classification, and Transcription
"What mattered was what's happening with the tune": Modality and Compositional Processes
"The little things that they do": Ornaments and Performance Practice Techniques
"The newest bulgar out that everyone played": New York Klezmer Post-1929
Glossary of Terms
"New York Klezmer marks a milestone, not only for the study of klezmer music but also and especially for the study of performance practice. Lucidly written, this volume will greatly satisfy music researchers of all stripes interested in music and Jewish studies, the study of interpretation and performance practice, urban ethnomusicology and local music history. Sections can easily serve as assigned reading in classes on klezmer culture. Free from highbrow academic jargon and equipped with a glossary, this book will also be a welcome read for generations of klezmorim. As such, it is not only highly recommended, it might remain unrivaled for some time." Tina Frühauf, Journal of Musicological Research
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