Klezmer and Folk Song

Monday’s discussion about Klezmer was incredibly fulfilling for me as your teacher. Music without words is often the most frightening to discuss for non-music specialists, yet, it is often the most tied up in expressions of identity, especially national and religious identity. We will have a brief follow-up demonstration on a few instruments just so you can see the physical demands of adapting these instruments to this repertoire.

As you know, this Thursday I have assigned this essay by Judah Cohen (Indiana University) from a collection on musical childhoods. This is a relatively new area of ethnomusicological study, and I greatly look forward to hearing your perspective on his ideas.

Good luck studying for the quiz!


About kgoldschmitt
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at New College of Florida, music scholar for hire.

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