Part Five: Resources
Itzik Gottesman, with support from the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, posts Yiddish songs with commentary weekly at Yiddish Song of the Week.
Over 2000 Yiddish folksongs can be heard in the Ruth Rubin Legacy archive at YIVO.
Yiddish folksongs can be heard in the Stonehill Jewish Song Archive presented by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. The collection continues to grow!
For online resources for Yiddish music in general, consult Amanda Seigel’s helpful survey.
Abigail Wood has kindly provided her index of Yiddish song books.
Zev Feldman and Michael Lukin produced a ground-breaking annotated bibliography, Eastern European Jewish Folk music, as part of the series Oxford Bibliographies Online. Unfortunately, this valuable resource is only available to subscribers such as libraries that allow member-only access. New York Public Library allows access to card holders, for example. For this website, Lukin has provided an alternate, unpublished version of the bibliography.
Articles and Research Reports
Additionally, the Jewish Music Research Centre has published an additional article by Michael Lukin about Yiddish folksong.
From the YIVO Archives - Final Report on Eastern European Jewish Song in its Social Context: An Analysis of the Social Systemization of Folksong Performance by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.
Project Questionnaire from 1975 by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.
"M.F. Gnesin on the Modal System of Jewish Music (Based on the Composer’s Archival Materials)"
Nauchnyi Vestnik Moskovskoi Konservatorii 2012, 6-25. By Izaly Zemtsovsky. Translated by Anya Shatilova, edited by Mark Slobin.
We are pleased to have permission from Joseph Levine, editor of the 2010 special issue on Yiddish topics of Jewish Synagogue Music, to reprint Max Wohlberg’s seminal article, “The Music of the Synagogue as a Source of the Yiddish Folk Song.”
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Inside the Yiddish Folk Song Interview with Mark Slobin & Ari Kelman for "In geveb."