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n. pl. klez·mo·rim (klĕz′mə-rēm′)
1. The traditional music of the Jews of eastern Europe, played by small traveling bands.
2. A musician in such a band.

[Yiddish, from Mishnaic Hebrew kəlê zemer, musical instruments : kəlê, pl. bound form of kəlî, instrument; see kll in Semitic roots + zemer, music, song; see zmr in Semitic roots.]


1. (Music, other) a Jewish folk musician, usually a member of a small band
2. (Music, other) Also called: klezmer music the music performed by such a band


(ˈklɛz mər)

n., pl. klez•mers, klez•mo•rim (ˌklɛz məˈrim)
1. a Jewish folk musician traditionally performing in a small band.
2. the music performed by klezmers.
[1960–65; < Yiddish]
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Particularly helpful are the eight pages of detailed notes found at the end of the collection that detail the history of klezmer music and its prevalent modes, rhythmic patterns, formal structures and ornamentation.
Klezmer focuses on the klezmer tradition in Philadephia over the course of the twentieth century, from the later part of the Eastern Europen Jewish immigrant era to the contemporary resurgence of klezmer music.
In Part 2, "Yiddish Song and the 'Klezmer Revival,'" Wood contextualizes the resurgence of the Yiddish language and culture within the larger revived interest in Klezmer music and focuses on key Yiddish and Klezmer musicians such as Adrienne Cooper and her band Mikveh, Lorin Sklamberg and the Klezmatics, Michael Alpert, Sruli Dresdner, Frank London, Sophie Solomon, and Josh Dolgin.
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