Yiddish/Klezmer Piano Music

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Yiddish/Klezmer Piano Music

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Gustav Mahler's music contains some Jiddish and/or Klezmer elements, in his 1st symphony, e. g. Leonard Bernstein gives some short examples in "Who is Gustav Mahler" (Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, 1960), see http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/230627/ ... -/overview and http://www.amazon.com/Leonard-Bernstein ... B0002S641O #8 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HqumFpU ... re=related.

Are there available any piano scores/albums of (orginal) Klezmer etc. music? Unfortunately, I'm absolutely unable to improvise such phantastic sounds. I just arrived from Krakov (Cracow/Krakau, Poland) where I visited a Jewish restaurant with a ravishing 60 minutes Klezmer Trio's show - much too short. In a very good Jewish bookshop they couldn't help me only with CDs, but no scores at all.

Maybe this kind of music is not suitable for being written down, but I do hope to be wrong. Any help, please?
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Try this.
Lead sheet music
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Hallelujah - Traditional Hassidic songs.pdf
Jewish Fake Book - Yiddish Songs.pdf
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Thank you a lot, lito valle!
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kh0815 wrote:In a very good Jewish bookshop they couldn't help me only with CDs, but no scores at all.

Maybe this kind of music is not suitable for being written down, but I do hope to be wrong. Any help, please?
That bookshop may have been good, but not very good. I scanned the book attached. It contains Klezmer pieces for piano and also a kind of tutorial about how to improvise on them.
And I made PDF file of the pieces on this website:

http://www.schoellerfamily.org/scores/

There are a lot a files there. I have done it automatically with Adobe Pro so I am not sure if everything is there, bit it has become a PDF of almost 4000 pages !! Downloadable at

http://www.mediafire.com/?e42cwuuzmmg

I did manually download the separate pianoscores from there. Those are certainly complete and also attached here.

Enjoy! Klezmer is big fun.

Roeland
Klezmer for Piano.pdf
Klezmer Piano PDF.rar
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From IMSLP
Joseph Cherniavsky
Three Jewish melodies. For violin and piano (1921)
http://hdl.handle.net/1802/10754
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Thank you both, Roeland and lito valle!
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was at a little bit of a loss as to where to put this, as he was born in Poland, but very much a "Jewish" Israeli composer and figure. Went with this based on his overall style and output influences and the modal fragments of the work based on the description.

Edel, Yitzhak
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(b Warsaw, 1 Jan 1896; d Tel-Aviv, 14 Dec 1973).

Israeli composer and teacher of Polish birth. He was brought up in his grandfather’s Hassidic home, where he absorbed Jewish folk and liturgical music and learnt to play the violin. A period in cosmopolitan Russia (1913–22) caused him to doubt the significance of his Jewishness, but back in Warsaw he regained his faith through Zionism. He taught music in Hebrew high schools and the Janusz Korczak orphanage, conducted the Hashomer Hatza’ir Choir, for which he arranged Jewish folksongs and composed, and founded the Hevrat Dorshei Musika Ivrit (Society for the Promotion of Hebrew Music) in 1928. In the previous year he had graduated from the State High School of Music, where he studied composition with Szymanowski, though the violin was his principal subject. He moved in 1929 to Palestine. In Tel-Aviv he worked as a teacher and choir director at the Lewinsky Teachers’ Seminary until 1965, and then in the Kibbutzim seminar at the Tel-Aviv Conservatory, his aim being to develop Jewish consciousness among his many pupils. From the 1930s on, most of Edel’s works were vocal, usually setting biblical texts and Israeli poetry. A deep attachment to Jewish musical traditions is evident in almost all of his modal themes, and is fully expressed in the hazanic recitatives of his major work, the folk cantata Lamitnadvim ba’am (‘To the People’s Volunteers’). His skill in developing and transforming these favourite materials into unified classical structures is also exemplified in Capriccio, Israeli Dance and Tehilim (‘Psalms’).

Writings
Hashir ha’eretz Israeli [The Palestinian song] (Tel-Aviv, 1946)
Yessodot hamusika [The elements of music] (Tel-Aviv, 1953)

Bibliography
G. Uriel, ed.: Edel, Yitzhak: his Doctrine on Education and Music (Israel, 1980)
A. Tischler: A Descriptive Bibliography of Art Music by Israeli Composers (Warren, MI, 1988)
Y. Cohen: Neimej smiroth Israel [The heirs of the Psalmist: Israel’s new music] (Tel-Aviv, 1990)
Nathan Mishori
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Yitzchak, Edel (1896-1973) - Triptyque (c 1963).pdf
Yitzchak - Triptyque ; Guide to Pianists Repertoire , Hinson.jpg
EDIT- To Mods, if it would be better for the post to find it's home @ Music of Jewish Descent thread, please feel free to move over there, still trying to figure out where some of this stuff should go sometimes :oops:
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charming set of manageable but not 'easy' variations from his Mosaics. leads to a brilliant finish . anyone's help in identifying the source material,ie name of folk song it is based on would be most appreciated.
AGAY, DENIS - VARIATIONS ON A HEBREW FOLK THEME [FROM MOSAICS] (1).pdf
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Hi folks, if anyone is interested in arranged version of klezmer/Jewish European melodies, take a look at this archive, it's great:
http://www.jewishmusic-asjm.org/databas ... ction.html

It's an American website but mostly based around music issued by people involved in or influenced by the St Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk music of the 1910s.
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