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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands$
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François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764739

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764739.001.0001

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Szpilman, Bajgelman, Barsht

Szpilman, Bajgelman, Barsht

The Legacy of an Extended Polish Jewish Klezmer Family

(p.193) Szpilman, Bajgelman, Barsht
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32

Joel E. Rubin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the post-war fate of the Szpilmans, Bajgelmans, and Barshts, which are an extended family of professional Jewish instrumentalists that originated from Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski in Poland. It explores how the Szpilmans, Bajgelmans, and Barshts played important roles as performers and composers in genres as diverse as instrumental klezmer, jazz, chamber, symphonic music, Yiddish theatre, vaudeville, and Brazilian dance music. It also mentions Władysław Szpilman as the most famous family member, whose memoirs formed the basis of Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning film, The Pianist. The chapter provides an ethnography of elderly living musicians that became part of salvage ethno-musicology, cultural history, and genealogy. It looks into activities of professional Jewish musicians from klezmer families, whose work and experience expanded in a number of directions, especially during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   Szpilmans, Bajgelmans, Barshts, instrumental klezmer, salvage ethno-musicology

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