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    Do You Like Klezmer?

    I do.
    And here's the thread to look at it.



    Why I like it is the 'eery' shape of the tunes - much use of the harmonic scale - and also the spirit shown, which varies from tragic feeling to pzazz.
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    Gorgeous eery 'primeval' wodge of Hungarian Klezmer.

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    Another fascinating video about Hungarian Klezmer music.

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    Here in the UK, Klezmer is becoming popular among young violin-learners and older fiddlers like me, largely due to Ilana Cravitz's book, Klezmer Fiddle - a How-To Guide.

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    I spent over a year learning to play Klezmer from Ilana Cravitz's book, with my fiddle teacher, who'd been on one of her courses. I can testify that its use of varying rhythms, accidentals, chromatics, & the harmonic scale, plus its philosophical links to weddings and the varying human emotions therein, make it completely unlike any other session music.

    Klezmer is unique, lovely, eery, plangent music - often joyful, and often melancholy.
    Like life itself.
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    Ilana is one of the tutors on the FolkWorks Summer School in Newcastle this year
    https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/a...mer-school-18/
    - we really wanted to go, but couldn't because they'd announced the details too late for us to find self-catering accommodation - we can't stay in hall because I have sleeping problems.

    Ilana Cravitz also holds many Klezmer events and workshops for any reader in the UK who's interested - particularly any reader who plays the violin.

    I can vouch for Klezmer being very exhilarating music to learn and play, even though my first love is folk music, particularly Scottiish fiddle music.

    Here is Ilana's website:
    https://www.ilanacravitz.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Watt View Post
    Ella Beck! You used the word "plangent" to describe a music, and you are a wordist.
    I can think of "plantangenent", but isn't that about English royalty, maybe Henry the 8th?
    Any comment would be appreciated.
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plangent - Meaning 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ella Beck View Post
    Another fascinating video about Hungarian Klezmer music.

    And here's the third in the series - not played entirely in tune, alas, though it's interesting to hear such ancient music on an electric fiddle, which has a nice tone.
    Lovely tune, however.

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    An interesting version of Khosidl (more minor-key than the one I play) and I think this ?student band make a lovely sound - clarinet, maybe? Wish there was a close-up of the band.
    I can understand that the music makes the wish to dance irresistible.

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