What is klezmer?

The word 'klezmer' (pronounced with a soft 'z', not 'tz') comes from the Hebrew words 'kley' and 'zemer', meaning 'vessel of song' and used to refer to a musician rather than a musical style.

Klezmer is Jewish wedding music from Eastern Europe and most of it is dance music. It was traditionally performed by professional musicians in the Jewish communities, who spoke Yiddish, a non-territorial language related to German, written in an alphabet smilar to Hebrew.

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