11 December 2006

A new book for Klezmer lovers

Add to your musical Hanukah wish list, "The Absolutely Complete Klezmer Songbook," edited by Yale Strom.

Strom, a renowned ethnomusicologist, documentarian, and klezmer musician, has created an "incredible compilation of nigunim, horas, bulgars."

The book features melody lines and chords for 313 songs, many of which were collected by Strom in Eastern Europe and are being published for the first time. It includes a klezmer history, glossary and archival photos, along with a 36-song CD of songs in the book, recorded by Strom and his Hot P'Stromi band.

The book is $49.95, but amortized over all those songs (and the CD), it becomes a much better buy!

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