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Yiddish Folksongs from the Ruth Rubin Archive

nullby Chana Mlotek (Editor) and Mark Slobin (Editor)

Hardcover : 364 pages
Publisher : Wayne State University Press, in cooperation with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (August 30, 2007)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 0814332587
ISBN-13 : 978-0814332580



Among researchers and collectors of Yiddish folksongs, Ruth Rubin was unmatched in both her expertise and enthusiasm. Over the course of her career, Rubin collected some 2,000 songs from generations of people who had grown up in a flourishing Yiddish-speaking environment, an environment which was mostly ruined by Nazi annihilation and Stalinist repression. This collection is based on a manuscript that Rubin was unable to publish before her death, with additional annotation and commentary provided throughout by noted music scholars Chana Mlotek and Mark Slobin.

Chana Mlotek is the music archivist for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and is a leading scholar of Yiddish song. She has written numerous articles on the topic and, together with her late husband Yosl, compiled three major anthologies of Yiddish songs. Chana and Yosl also wrote a research column on Yiddish song in the Yiddish-language newspaper Forverts.

Mark Slobin is professor of music at Wesleyan University and a scholar of Jewish and Central European music. He is the author of Tenement Songs: Popular Music of the Jewish Immigrants
and Exploring the Klezmer World.