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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

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

Walter Zev Feldman

Liverpool University Press

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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