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American Klezmer: Its Roots and Offshoots

Mark Slobin


Klezmer, the Yiddish word for a folk instrumental musician, has come to mean a person, a style, and a scene. This musical subculture came to the United States with the late-nineteenth-century Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Although it had declined in popularity by the middle of the twentieth century, this lively music is now enjoying recognition among music fans of all stripes. Today, klezmer flourishes in the United States and abroad in world music and accompanies Jewish celebrations. The chapters this volume investigate American klezmer: its roots, its evolution, and its spirited rev ... More

Keywords: world music, musical history, social history, cultural history, folkloric sources, musicians unions, immigrant musicians, klezmer revival, klezmer preservation, klezmer innovation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520227170
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520227170.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Slobin, editor