Klezmer Music in BLUE (Schwartz)

Klezmer music is a European folk-style music that was originated in Eastern Europe by Ashkenazi jews who immigrated to the US between 1880 and 1924

In hebrew the word klezmer means instruments of music.

During the 1970’s what was known as the Klezmer revival integrated klezmer music with jazz styles by german immigrants.

In terms of influence, the Romanian musical stylistics are very prominant in this genre as portrayed in the dancing that acccompanies klezmer music (e.g. Hora)

There is not a whole lot known about this history of the music however the instruments that are typically used in a klezmer band are:

  • Violin
  • Cymbalom
  • Clarinet
  • Accordian
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Piano
  • Double bass

Today, klezmer music is being integrated into BLUE music, mostly old-time music. An example of someone who plays klezmer music is Trae McMakin. He actually works here at ETSU.

What follows is an example of this style of music being inetgrated with bluegrass.

Klezmer Mountain Boys

**Audio Presentation: Klezmer Music in BLUE




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