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 Klezmer sound
Author: L. Omar Henderson 
Date:   1999-07-20 12:58

Dear Folks:
I am about to embark on a new adventure - Klezmer (Jewish, Eastern Europe Folk Music) and would appreciate any advice on style, good sources of sheet music, CD's, etc..
I am a "classical trained" clarinet player, a little jazz but not too much, and would like to venture into Klezmer and want to get the feeling and mood of the music as well as the notes! Thanks.

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 RE: Klezmer sound
Author: STuart 
Date:   1999-07-20 17:45

I am a beginer at this stuff, too, and I am really begining to love it! Have you heard Andy Stoltzman's Songs of our Fathers CD? I would listen and learn by ear the songs from this record. The sheet music is helpful when playing with a group but this record is full of the sound I think you'll like.

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 RE: Klezmer sound
Author: Ginny 
Date:   1999-07-20 23:05

I don't have the URL, but a web search will reveal a large number of Klezmer websites, some of which sell method books.
I have found that a shareware program, called "La Tarturuga" (the turtle) is the best way for me to learn ethnic music. It slows the recording down (as much as you want, though quality is lost at some point) and keeps the pitch the same. Email me if you're interested and I will try to direct you to it.

My favorite Klezmer clarinet stuff is vintage 1930 and played on Eb. I think the modern Klezmers play Bb. I don't play any Klezmer, but I play a fair amount of Bulgarian& Macedonian stuff, because I like the naturally occurring multiple meters. I use La Tarturuga to transcribe or play along with.


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 RE: Klezmer sound
Author: Steve Epstein 
Date:   1999-07-21 01:46

Go to www.jewishmusic.com, an internet store where you can buy cd's, books, etc. You want the Kammen books (vol's 1 and 9, I think), which are available in Bb and Eb. For listening, as a classical musician you would really like Giora Feidman, who is also a classical musician who plays klezmer. He also plays tangos (he is from Argentina), and has a recording (cassette only, unfortunately, at least the last time I checked) called Clarinetango, which contains some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. I think his entire life's repertoire is available from this site.

If you live near or can travel to a major city with a large Jewish population (eg., Washington, New York), don't bother going to the music stores; instead check out the local Judaica stores. But don't go on Saturday:)

Hope this helps!


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 RE: Klezmer sound, more
Author: Steve Epstein 
Date:   1999-07-21 01:56

For "authentic" klezmer sound, you want to listen to the CD re-masters of Dave Tarras and Naftuli Brandwein. I believe you can find these on the above-mentioned website.

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