Yiddish for Travelers

by Metropolitan Klezmer

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Yiddish has a long history of traveling: about a thousand years, in fact. Much of this music has been shaped at crossroads of those journeys, in Eastern & Central Europe, Asia Minor, America, and the Middle East. In the crossing over between cultures, the origin of a shared folk melody has become unclear (did it begin as Greek or Yiddish song?), while a New World Yiddish show tune has become deeply traditional in Transylvania...
[from the liner notes]

credits

released January 15, 1998

Ismail Butera, accordion, bendir
Steve Elson: clarinets, saxophones, flute
Michael Hess: violin, viola, kanun, ney flutes
Dave Hofstra: upright bass, tuba
Deborah Karpel: vocals
Eve Sicular: drums

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Metropolitan Klezmer New York, New York

METROPOLITAN KLEZMER, established in 1994, brings eclectic exuberance to Yiddish musical genres from all over the map. Performing vibrant versions of lesser-known gems from wedding dance, trance, folk, swing and tango styles, as well as soundtrack material from vintage Yiddish films, they re-invent tradition with both irreverence and respect… an exhilarating journey! ... more

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Track Name: Sheyn Vi Di Levone [Beautiful as the Moon]
Sheyn vi di levone, likhtik vi di shtern
Fun himl a matone bistu mir tsugeshikt
Mayn glik hob ikh gevinen
Ven ikh hob dikh gefinen
Shaynst vi toyznt zinen
Host mayn harts baglikt...

[Complete lyrics in Yiddish with transliteration and English translation in the liner notes]
Track Name: Farlangen [Longing]
Fort in vald a yidish meydl,
un es grint in gantsn land.
Zitst in alker'l a meydl
mitn ponim tsu der vant.

Vos iz, meydl, dayn farlangen?
S'iz a shod far yeder trer.
Di vos iz avekgagangen
Vet tsurik nit kumen mer.

[Complete lyrics in Yiddish with transliteration and English translation in liner notes.]
Track Name: Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen [Raisins and Almonds]
In dem beys hamikdash in a vinkl kheyder
Zitst di almone bas-tsion aleyn.
Ir ben-yokhidl yidele vigt zi kseyder,
Un zingt im tsum shlofn a lidele sheyn...

[In the sacred Temple, in a corner of the room
Sits the widow, a Daughter of Zion herself.
She rocks her only son who lies in the cradle
And sings him to sleep with this sweet little song...

Complete lyrics, in Yiddish, with transliteration and English translation, in liner notes]