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Klezmer
A Unique Genre
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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). 

Kandel's Hora

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...feelin' it! 

- Emily

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@Gordon Shumway -

WOW! 

Perfect timing! 

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:

Phonographic Fiddle Playing

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...very interesting & great way to get that 'Old Phonograph Sound'!

- Emily

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I'm not signing up to anything, lol!

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@Gordon Shumway -

Too bad. 

Workshops are a great way to get some concentrated learning in a session or over a few days!

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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. 

How To Play The Klezmer Fiddle (No.1)

Intro to the 'Misheberakh' scale. 

How To Play Klezmer Fiddle (No.2)

Updating Klezmer for EV. 

How To Play Klezmer Fiddle (No.3)

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- Emily

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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! 

Masterclass: Alicia Svigals on Klezmer

Here's another great tutorial by Chris Haigh - a Hasidic tune, 'Khusidlekh'

Khusidlekh Fiddle Tutorial

Learn about Klezmer Modes in Post No.53 of this thread:

Modal Scale/Keys

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Try One! 

- Emily

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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! 

Klezmer Fantasy

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. 

wiki/Klezmer

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...wish ALL sheet music was notated this thoroughly. 😁 

- Emily

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