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Klezmer
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The Yiddish word “klemzer” originally denotes a professional instrumentalist who makes music at Ashkenazi Jewish weddings and festivities in Eastern Europe. As a result of the mass emigration since the late 19th century, a new musical scene arose in the urban centers of the United States, which produced a modern, acculturated tradition. In Europe the klezmer tradition…

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Slobin, Mark, “Klezmer”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0411>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20191110



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