Longa (LKT)

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“‘Sehnaz Longa.’ The longa is a type of dance... klezmer versions of this type of dance were recorded by Josef Solinski under the titles Rumeynisher Fantazi #1-4  in the early years of the Twentieth Century in Poland.” Phillips 1996a, pp. 164-165. (Musical notation and recording references included). 

Longas are Turkish tunes that imitate Romanian Gypsy music... In the late 19th Century, Romanian derived music called longas were popular . Jews picked up on these. There are klezmer tunes that can be traced to these, mixed with hasapikos, a Greek urban dance.” Phillips 1996b, p. 183