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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16Focusing on Jewish Popular Culture and Its Afterlife$
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Michael C. Steinlauf and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.001.0001

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Remembrance of Things Past: Klezmer Musicians of Galicia, 1870‒1940

Remembrance of Things Past: Klezmer Musicians of Galicia, 1870‒1940

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(p.29) Remembrance of Things Past: Klezmer Musicians of Galicia, 1870‒1940
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16
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Walter Zev Feldman

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the east European Jewish professional instrumentalist, the klezmer, and his music. The earliest known use of klezmer as a term for a musician occurs in a Jewish community document from Kraków dating from 1595. The chapter assesses the status of klezmer music throughout the region of eastern Galicia from roughly the 1870s until 1936. It presents a series of interviews with Yermye (Jeremiah) Hescheles, who had been the kapel-mayster (bandleader) of the klezmer ensemble of Gline (Gliniany). Besides confirming certain data known from other sources, Hescheles' descriptions and explanations offer a unique synthesis of the various kinds of information about Galician klezmorim and klezmer music unavailable elsewhere.

Keywords:   Jewish instrumentalist, klezmer, klezmer music, Jewish community, eastern Galicia, Yermye Hescheles, kapel-mayster, Galician klezmorim

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