Hert Zikh Aynet & Kostakowsky #7

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This medley offers first a plaintive vocal and then a traditional ‘khosidl’ dance tune. Lyrics & translation below, as published in “Yiddish Folksongs from the Ruth Rubin Archive.” The medium-tempo instrumental chaser which follows is entitled“Chusidil #7” in Wolff ‘Nat’ Kostakowsky’s 1906 book “International Hebrew Wedding Music” (published at 310 Powell Street, Brooklyn NY).

Ethnomusicologist Ruth Rubin collected and translated this street singer’s tune in 1955 from Yankl Zipper, who had immigrated to Montreal and remembered it in Lithuanian Yiddish dialect from pre-WWII Europe. As noted by collection editors Chana Mlotek & Mark Slobin, a very similar supplicant melody is a central motif in the widely famous 1936 film Yidl mitn fidl [Yidl with the Fiddle], starring American-born Yiddish actress Molly Picon and made on location in Poland. It seems quite likely that the mendicant movie theme inspired a real-life busker’s song.


Hert zikh aynet, mayne libe mentshn,
Ay, hert zikh aynet vos ikh vel aykh fregn do!
Ay, vi kumt es aza veytik,
In a kleynem, kleynem fidl?

[Listen up, my dear people,

Listen to what I am going to ask you here!

Oh, how does so much pain

Come out of such a tiny fiddle?]


from Live From Brooklyn, released April 8, 2014
Traditionals, arr. Eve Sicular / Isle of Klezbos



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NYC-based ISLE of KLEZBOS approaches tradition with irreverence and respect. The soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-women’s klezmer sextet has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998. Repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies,Yiddish swing & retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking song, re-grooved standards, & genre-defying originals. ... more

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