Beygele (LKT)

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Beregovski 1937 [= Beregovski/Slobin 1982, p. 546].

Beygele.Beregovski/Goldin 1987, # 203-04. (Musical notation included). 

‘Proletarier-beygele.’” [Vilna, Lithuania, 1920s]. Bernstein 1927, p. 94. (Musical notation included). 

“Sung to a beygele-tants.” Cahan 1957, p. 305 (#68). (Musical notation included). 

“Straight, straight, what does she desire, a beygele, or a krokodil (kadrile)?... which is played at a wedding.” [Vilna, Lithuania, c. 1870s]. Kattsenellbogen 1879, p. 47

“All the girlfriends and acquaintances came and we were happy and danced a lot... Soon thereafter the tempo grew faster and they danced... the happy Begele Tanzel, a type of circle dance.” [Brest Litovsk, Poland, 1848]. Wengeroff 1913, I, p. 182