Voices of a People: The Story of Yiddish Folksong

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9780070541948: Voices of a People: The Story of Yiddish Folksong

The seminal work of Ruth Rubin, a pioneering collector, singer, folklorist, writer, and crusader for the vanishing legacy of the Yiddish world, "Voices of a People" remains the only general introduction to Yiddish folksong. A priceless collection of song texts in Yiddish and English, as well as a selection of tunes Rubin transcribed, this volume brings the Jews' ancient, itinerant culture alive through children's songs, dancing songs, and songs about love and courtship, poverty and work, crime and corruption, immigration, and the dream of a homeland. Rubin's notes and annotations weave each text into the larger story of the Jewish experience. Noted scholar Mark Slobin provides a new foreword that includes a biographical sketch of Rubin and an assessment of her contributions over a lifetime of collecting, absorbing, and disseminating Yiddish folksong.

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With notes and annotations that give insight into the larger story of the Jewish experience, this is a study of Yiddish folksongs of several types in both Yiddish and English.

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Mark Slobin is Professor of Music at Wesleyan University and author of several books on Jewish and Central European music, including "Tenement Songs: Popular Music of the Jewish Immigrants" (1992) and "Exploring the Klezmer World" (2000).

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