Voices of a People: The Story of Yiddish Folksong

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University of Illinois Press, 2000 - Music - 558 pages
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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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Contents

Foreword by Mark Slobin
13
At the Cradle
43
SONGS CHEDER BOYS SONGS NUMBER AND CUMU
67
Marriage
97
CEREMONIALS
128
VI
159
Historical and Topical
199
Chasidic Melody and Songs
230
To America
342
To Zion
368
Soviet Yiddish Folk Song
399
THE NAZI GERMAN INVASION
423
FolksongA Universal Language
462
SONGS
470
OF PROTEST
476
Appendix I
485

Of Literary Origin
250
Poverty Toil and Struggle
278
Out of the Shadows
310

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