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American KlezmerIts Roots and Offshoots$
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Mark Slobin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520227170

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227170.001.0001

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The Klezmer in Jewish Philadelphia, 1915–70

The Klezmer in Jewish Philadelphia, 1915–70

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(p.52) Chapter 4 The Klezmer in Jewish Philadelphia, 1915–70
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American Klezmer
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Mark Solbin

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520227170.003.0005

In examining the use of music in community celebrations, one can gain deep insights into significant aspects of the American immigrant experience, including the evolution of a stylized American Jewish wedding ritual, the longevity of certain forms of European music and dance at American celebrations, the American Jewish wedding musician as heir to the European klezmer legacy, and, perhaps most important, the family celebration as an essential communal expression of American Jewish identity. This chapter offers an overview of the klezmer tradition as it developed in Philadelphia between 1915 and 1970. The timetable corresponds to the dates of the material available for research: the earliest dance folio in the author's collection was written in 1915; by 1970, the tradition was generally considered a relic, although vestiges of it remain today.

Keywords:   music, community celebrations, wedding ritual, wedding musician, klezmer

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