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Re: Meaning of "Klezmer"
- From: MaxwellSt <MaxwellSt...>
- Subject: Re: Meaning of "Klezmer"
- Date: Fri 31 Dec 1999 21.19 (GMT)
In a message dated 12/31/1999 9:48:58 AM Central Standard Time,
media (at) kamea(dot)com writes:
<< Like the "shmoos" in the "Li'l Abner" comics --
at this point, it can be anything you want it to be.... >>
The only problem (not to extend this discussion ad nauseum) is that the
presenter or audience might be thinking of one kind of klezmer and be upset
when the music turns out to be another.
To solve this problem, I recommend employing the catagories suggested in a
prior posting, prior thread concerning the Cincinnati concert (please forgive
me, the poster's identity escapes me but the words were wise):
There are basically three types of klezmer music:
1) Preservationist/European (e.g., Brave Old World, Perlman)
2) Contemporary (e.g. Zorn, Klezmatics)
3) Entertainment (e.g. KCB, yours truly--Maxwell Street)
If you are expecting one and get another, there is bound to be a rumble of
disappointment in the crowd. So some finer definitions instead of the
insidious and now almost useless "klezmer" would be helpful.
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