Scholar and musician Sapoznik (The Complete Klezmer) gives us the first complete history of the Jewish band music known as klezmer. Beginning in early 19th-century PolandAwith a profile of Michael Joseph Gusikov, the grandfather of modern klezmer musicASapoznik tracks its musical and cultural history in 19th-century Europe and 20th-century America. He shows how klezmer was influenced, in the United States, by such factors as bluegrass, swing, jazz, theater, music publishing, radio, and recording. He also highlights the contributions of such prominent musicians as George Gershwin, Paul Robeson, and Itzhak Perlman, all of whom had ties to klezmer. This is a laudable, important contribution to the history of Jewish musicAand since klezmer is gaining in popularity today (paralleling a renewed interest in Yiddish culture), patrons interested in music or Jewish culture are likely to seek this book out. Recommended for academic and public libraries.AKathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, TX
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Klezmer, I believe, was originally the name of a minor corrupt prince of Middle Ages middle Europe somewhere: We learn from the late Rt. Hon. Read morePublished on May 9, 2007 by Beeker
The first three-fourths of this book are a fascinating cultural history of a style of music I love but know little about, and I found it all extremely enlightening. Read morePublished on June 14, 2004 by Esther Rabinowitz