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Klezmer music is unique genre and deserves the spotlight!
Known for unique effects meant to express profound feelings, and also a liberal use of grace notes.
I don't have time to get into the nitty gritty of it today, but wanted to start this thread by sharing a rather slow (3/8 time) & lovely piece that I want to learn by Harry Kandel (rolling sheet music - fiddle castro).
@Gordon Shumway -
So, this Festival is virtual, online, like the Fiddle Hell was?
🤔 I'll have to think about this - did you sign up?
Thanks! After watching Amit Weisberger, in their video, I now know what this strange fiddle was used for. (lol) Ran across this not too long ago:
...very interesting & great way to get that 'Old Phonograph Sound'!
Found 3 really nice Klezmer Fiddle lessons from Michael Levy!
Points out that 'Klezmer' means 'Vessel of Song' and refers to the musicians who played for weddings.
So, YOU can be a 'Klezmer'!
He describes his unusual fiddle and intro to the 'Ahava Raba' scale, in this 1st lesson.
Intro to the 'Misheberakh' scale.
Updating Klezmer for EV.
Found 6 wonderfully SHORT lesson on Klezmer from Alicia Svigals for people who just want to become a little familiar it!
The longest lesson is only 2:24 minutes!
Here's another great tutorial by Chris Haigh - a Hasidic tune, 'Khusidlekh'!
Learn about Klezmer Modes in Post No.53 of this thread:
Just found excerpts from an AMAZING Klezmer piece, "Klezmer Fantasy For Clarinet and String Quartet" arranged by Harold Seletsky - with extremely well detailed score displayed (Robin Seletsky)!
This is just a sample, the sheet music is available for purchase - but I see a lot to learn just from this free sample!
Turns out there's quite a few 'Klezmer Fantasies' - all by different composers!
According to Wikipedia, "Fantazi or fantasy is a freeform song, traditionally played at Jewish weddings to the guests as they dined. It resembles the fantasia of "light" classical music."
Much more here on; style, 'dance & non-dance music', orchestration, structure and history.
...wish ALL sheet music was notated this thoroughly. 😁