Get 'Klezzified,' an Eastern European Dance Tune for Quartet
A Romanian-style hora full of tricky rhythmic elements, ornamentation, and multiple-stops
Klezmer music, popularized as a genre in the 20th century but with roots that go back 500 years, is the celebratory music of the Eastern European Jews. “Klezzified” is an original composition, a medley of two klezmer-style tunes. The first is a Romanian-style hora. It is in 3/4, but it is not a waltz—the third beat is long and heavy and finds its resolution on the next downbeat. Some klezmer bands lengthen the third beat a bit to give it more emphasis. This composition should be played as if a roomful of people is dancing to it. The rhythm should remain constant. Any variation in the tempo of the melody should be rooted in a strong, steady, and constant rhythm. If the melodic players wish to stretch a line here or there, the rhythm-section players should not be swayed to follow them. Rather the melodic players can catch up when they are ready.
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