Advisor

Bellman, Jonathan

Committee Member

Jacobson, Lauren

Committee Member

Oravitz

Committee Member

Hoyt, William H.

Department

School of Music

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-2017

Extent

190 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

Research on the klezmer revival is wanting both in size and scope. Much of the existing research focuses on extra-musical influences on modern klezmer music with only tangential study of performance practice. This study seeks to inform the body of literature on klezmer performance practice by analyzing and comparing the interpretation of melody and ornamentation in modern performances of Der Heyser Bulgar and Firn di Mekhutonim Aheym, two of famed clarinetist Naftule Brandwein’s (1884–1963) most popular tunes. Analysis of ornamentation in modern performances of the selected recordings reveals a marked shift in modern style when compared to Brandwein’s original recordings. When other musical elements were stripped away leaving the focus on ornamentation, the element that most clearly defines klezmer music from other folk musics, significant inconsistencies were found when comparing to Brandwein to modern performances. However, some of these inconsistencies between more recent recordings and those of Brandwein indicated meaningful agreement between modern performers. These findings of a shared aesthetic among modern performers of klezmer music call into question common beliefs about klezmer music’s past and present and should have a significant impact on discussions of authenticity.

Notes

Dean's Citation for Outstanding Dissertation

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Local Identifiers

Gersten_unco_0161D_10622

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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