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Taqsim: Instrumental Improvisation in Near Eastern Traditions

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This recording presents traditional instrumental solo improvisations performed by Arab and Jewish musicians in Israel. All but one of the taqasim (=pl. form of taqsim, the genre of Middle Eastern instrumental improvisation) are in mainstream urban style, a pan-Middle Eastern style that owes its existence largely to Egyptian musical trends and the Arabic mass media. The cassette is accompanied by a booklet with program notes in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.

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Recordings
Year: 
1980

Khevrisa European Klezmer Music

1. Suite in A Minor A Freygish, D Freygish, D Minor: Sher
2. Suite in A Minor A Freygish, D Freygish, D Minor: Mazltov
3. Suite in A Minor A Freygish, D Freygish, D Minor: Sher
4. Suite in A Minor A Freygish, D Freygish, D Minor: Alvavo Rab bo Shteyger
5. Suite in A Minor A Freygish, D Freygish, D Minor: Alvavo Rab bo Shteyger
6. Suite in A Minor A Freygish, D Freygish, D Minor: Shir Ha-Ma lois

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Recordings
Year: 
2000

Ma Nishtana

This is a standard version of the four questions of the Seder, sung in the learning formula of the East European Heder and common among the Hasidim. The first version is in Hebrew only, and the second juxtaposes the Hebrew and the Yiddish versions, phrase by phrase.

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Recordings
Year: 
2008

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