Klezmermusic

is the traditional celebration music from the Eastern European Jewish culture. It accompanied wedding-parties and other festivities in all Jewish communities of Russia, Poland, Moldavia, Romania, Ukraine, the Baltic States, Hungary, etc.

Klezmermusic means ‘music’ in Yiddish. It reached the United States between 1880 and 1920 during the main Jewish immigration wave. It became widely known through the recordings in the U.S. in the early twenties. The importance of these recordings may not be underestimated as the Holocaust has wiped out the greater part of the Eastern European Jewish culture. America has always considered the Klezmermusic as a cherished, precious and important relic of a culture that was in imminent danger in Europe.

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