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Klezmer

The USC Music Library has a large collection of monographs and sound recordings relating to klezmer music. Klezmer music may vary by geographic region. For more information on Klezmer Music, click the Grove link at the bottom of the page.

Enjoy the Klezmer playlist on Naxos Music Library. (Link only works in Internet Explorer.) You must be a USC student to access this resource.

From the Oxford Companion to Music: "Originally a Yiddish term meaning ‘musician’, ‘klezmer’ now denotes a musical tradition cultivated by Ashkenazi Jews. Performed by Polish, Romanian, Russian, and Ukrainian immigrants it made its way to the USA, where it enjoyed a huge revival in the late 20th century. Klezmer bands may consist of a combination of instruments from clarinets, trumpets, violins, and string instruments.

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General Klezmer Sources

Binder, Abraham Wolf. Studies in Jewish Music. New York, NY: Bloch Pub. Co., 1971. 
ML 60 .B55

Bohlman, Philip Vilas. The World Centre for Jewish Music in Palestine, 1936-1940: Jewish Musical Life on the Eve of World War II. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1992. 
ML 3776 .B6 1992

Buchman, Rachel. Shine Little Candles: Chanukah Songs for Children. 82161-8098-2 Rounder Kids. CD. 2000. 
Compact Disc 9868

Celebrate Hanukkah. CNC 0016 Craig 'n Co. CD. 1999. 
Compact Disc 9846

Engel, Carl. The Music of the Most Ancient Nations, Particularly of the Assyrians, Egyptians, and Hebrews; with special reference of recent discoveries in Western Asia and in Egypt. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1970. 
ML 162 .E58 1909a

Folk Music of Palestine: Hebrew, Yemenite, Persian, Arabic, Bokharian. F-4408, FE- 4408 Smithsonian Folkways. CD. 1995. 
Compact Disc 6387

Fuchs, Torsten. Der jüdische Beitrag zur Musikgeschichte Böhmens und Mährens: Bericht: 2. Sudetendeutsch-tschechisches Musiksymposium, 28./29. September 1992 Regensburg. Regensburg, Germany: Sudetendeutsches Musikinstitut, 1994. 
ML 3776 .S93 1992

Goldene Keyt. Mir zaynen do tsu zingen. CD. 1997.
Compact Disc 2808

Heskes, Irene. Passport to Jewish Music: Its history, traditions, and culture. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.
ML 3776 .H47 1994

________. The Resource Book of Jewish Music: A Bibliographical and topical guide to the book and journal literature and program materials. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985. 
ML 128 .J4 H48 1985

Hoffman, Lawrence A. Sacred Sound and Social Change: Liturgical music in Jewish and Christian experience. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1992. 
ML 2900 .S2 1992

Idelsohn, Abraham Zebi. Jewish Music in its Historical Development. New York, NY: H. Holt and Company, 1929. 
ML 3776 .I3

Introducing the World of American Jewish Music. 8.559406 Naxos. CD. 2003.
Compact disc 8626

Katz, Israel J. Judeo-Spanish Traditional Ballads from Jerusalem; an ethnomusicological study. Brooklyn, NY.: Institute of Mediaeval Music, 1972. 
ML 3776 .K37

Lornell, Kip, and Anne K. Rasmussen, eds. Musics of Multicultural America : A study of twelve musical communities.New York, NY: Schirmer Books, 1997.
ML3477 .M88 1997

Klezmer. RGNET1047CD World Music Network. CD. 2000.
Compact Disc 9438

Klezmer music: A marriage of heaven & earth. 4090, CD4090 Ellipsis Arts. CD. 1996.
Compact Disc 2143

Live in the Fiddler's House. CDC 7243 5 56209 2 7, 56209 Angel. CD. 1996. 
Compact Disc 1953

Nulman, Macy. Concise Encyclopedia of Jewish Music. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1975. 
ML 106 .J49 N84

Rabinovitch, Israel. Of Jewish Music, Ancient and Modern. Montreal, Canada: Book Center, 1952. 
ML 3776 .R182

Reiff, Eric. Klezmer and Jewish idioms in Andre Hajdu's Traut Melech. D.M.A. diss., University of South Carolina, 2003.
LD5031.82 2003 .R45

Sapoznik, Henry. Klezmer!: Jewish music from old world to our world. New York: Schirmer Books, 1999. 
ML 3528.8 .S26 1999

Sendrey, Alfred. Bibliography of Jewish Music. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1951. 
ML 113 .S5

________. David's Harp; the Story of Music in Biblical Times. New York, NY: New American Library, 1964.
ML 166 .S453

Shiloah, Amnon. Jewish Musical Traditions. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1992. 
ML 3195 .S4 1992

________. Morasha: Traditional Jewish Musical Heritage. FE 4203 Folkways Records. 1978. 
LP 5059

Slobin, Mark. American Klezmer: Its roots and offshoots. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002. 
ML 3528.8 .A54 2002

Strom, Yale. The Book of Klezmer: The history, the music, the folklore. Chicago, IL: Cappella Books. 2002. 
ML 3528.8 .S77 2002

Schwartz, Abe. The Klezmer King. CK 86321 Columbia/Legacy. CD. 2002. 
Compact Disc 9847

Werner, Eric. A Voice Still Heard: The sacred songs of the Ashkenazic Jews. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1976. 
ML 3195 .W43

________. Contributions to a Historical Study of Jewish Music. New York, NY: Ktav Pub. House, 1976. 
ML 3195 .C66

Yiddishbbuk. CDC 7243 5 57356 2 1 EMI Music Canada. CD. 2002. 
Compact Disc 7126

Read about the music of Klezmer at Grove Music Online.
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