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Voices of a People : THE STORY OF YIDDISH FOLKSONG - Ruth Rubin

Voices of a People


Paperback Published: 26th September 2000
ISBN: 9780252069185
Number Of Pages: 560

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The seminal work of Ruth Rubin, a pioneering collector, singer, folklorist, writer, and crusader for the vanishing legacy of the Yiddish world, Voices of a People remains the only general introduction to Yiddish folksong.
A priceless collection of song texts in Yiddish and English, as well as a selection of tunes Rubin transcribed, this volume brings the Jews' ancient, itinerant culture alive through children's songs, dancing songs, and songs about love and courtship, poverty and work, crime and corruption, immigration, and the dream of a homeland. Rubin's notes and annotations weave each text into the larger story of the Jewish experience.
Noted scholar Mark Slobin provides a new foreword that includes a biographical sketch of Rubin and an assessment of her contributions over a lifetime of collecting, absorbing, and disseminating Yiddish folksong.

Industry Reviews

"Drawing on printed collections and on her own unparalleled knowledge and experience, [Rubin] has produced a book that will charm the scholar and entrance the general reader... [A] wonderfully rich collection." -- Library Journal "An impressive scholarly volume and a surprisingly readable one... [Voices of a People] is certainly a landmark in folklore because of its remarkable combination of scholarship and human understanding." -- Edith Fowke, Canadian Forum "Distinctly revealing and penetrating ... an energetic and lively portrait of every facet of Jewish life." -- Lawrence Cohn, Saturday Review "This highly readable book by the charming and knowledgeable Ruth Rubin should have a wide popular audience... No one who falls under its spell can fail to be moved." -- -- Edson Richmond, Journal of American Folklore

Guide to Transliterated Texts
Prologue: Ancestors of Yiddish Folk Song
At the Cradle
The Children's World
Love and Courtship
Customs and Beliefs
Dancing Songs
Historical and Topical
Chasidic Melody and Songs
Of Literary Origin
Poverty, Toil, and Struggle
Out of the Shadows
To America
To Zion
Soviet Yiddish Folk Song
The Struggle to Survive
Folksong - A Universal Language
First Printed Collections of Yiddish Songs
Music for Selected Songs from the Text
Map of the Pale of Settlement
General Index
Song Index
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780252069185
ISBN-10: 0252069188
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 26th September 2000
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.73

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