Voices of a People: The Story of Yiddish Folksong

Voices of a People: The Story of Yiddish Folksong

by Ruth Rubin
     
 

The seminal work of folklorist, singer, and writer Ruth Rubin, Voices of a People remains the only general introduction to Yiddish folksong.

A priceless collection of song texts in Yiddish and English, as well as a selection of tunes Rubin transcribed, this volume brings the Jews' ancient, itinerant culture alive through children's songs, dancing songs,

Overview

The seminal work of folklorist, singer, and writer Ruth Rubin, Voices of a People remains the only general introduction to Yiddish folksong.

A priceless collection of song texts in Yiddish and English, as well as a selection of tunes Rubin transcribed, this volume brings the Jews' ancient, itinerant culture alive through children's songs, dancing songs, and songs about love and courtship, poverty and work, crime and corruption, immigration, and the dream of a homeland. Rubin's notes and annotations weave each text into the larger story of the Jewish experience.

Noted scholar Mark Slobin provides a new foreword that includes a biographical sketch of Rubin and an assessment of her contributions over a lifetime of collecting, absorbing, and disseminating Yiddish folksong.

Editorial Reviews

Edith Fowke
A landmark in folklore because of its remarkable combination of scholarship and human understanding.
Canadian Forum

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252069185
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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