Berditchever Khusidl/Mazel Tov Mekhutonim
Among the many genres of dance tunes found in the klezmer repertoire played over the years are those tune associated with the Hassidim. These tunes, introspective to start with, then slowly accelerating to a wild and feverish tempo, reflect the tradition of ‘trance dance’ so emblematic of the charismatic Hasidic community. These particular tunes, ‘Berdichever Khosid’l’ (the Khosid from the town of Berdichev) and ‘Mazel Tov Mekhutonim’ (Congratulations to the parents of the bride and groom) were learned from classic recordings made by the orchestras of Israel J. Hochman and Abe Schwartz, respectively, both in the early 1920s in New York. As these are condensed versions of what one might hear at a Hasidic celebration, they only hint at the power and enthusiasm found in dances which characteristically would last over an hour or more.
1995, New York City.
Kapelye with Henry Sapoznik
Keywords: Klezmer, Yiddish, revival