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Klezmer Scores

Shpilkes plays on WERS

About

These scores have been gathered to provide a repertoire for Shpilkes, The Temple Aliyah Klezmer Band. The arrangement is approximately alphabetical. Since I haven't always transliterated consistently, there may be some anomolies.

I've also been using Pete Sokolow's Guide to Klezmer Arranging and Orchestration as a tool to figure out what ought to work in the arrangements. If you see anything that looks insane, let me know. I'm still a "Grine Kusine".

Parts

Scores for lead instruments

Clarinet, violin, trumpet and alto sax all should be considered lead instruments. As such, their individual parts will generally include a melody line. I have, in many cases, also included either a tenor or baritone line as an alternative. These are usually derived from the tenor sax and trombone parts.

Missing parts

If you don't see a part for your instrument, look around. There may be some other instrument of similar range and style you can borrow. Flute can easily take a violin part, perhaps playing up an octave. Soprano sax can take a clarinet part. Or ask me to provide a transposition. Bumping that B♭ clarinet part to C or E♭ is a piece cake. So is bumping that B♭ tenor sax part to C and bass clef.

Trombone and Tenor Sax

Trombone is generally a counter melody. In some cases, the trombone and the tenor saxophone are playing the same part. In a small number the trombone part is more like the bass part. If the trombone is missing choose from what is there.

Piano and Accordion

The piano and accordion parts for the Kammen songs are pretty good. For other pieces they vary. Some of them are pretty abysmal. If you look at the piano part and it is bad, do two things. First send me mail and see if I can do something about it. Second go to the leadsheet pending my response.

News

September 24, 2016

Added 3 songs that we have been playing from hand-written lead sheets.

September 18, 2016

Moved all of the sources into GitHub and enabled automatic building on submission.

June 13, 2010

OK, I haven't updated the news or the front page in quite a while. Here is what came in during the last few months. The following songs are present in lead sheet form, transposed for various instruments. No bass lines or harmony parts for any of them.

Rumenye, Rumenye (in G) is a transposition into G that is otherwise identical to the original arrangement.

Papirosn is present but not really filled in. Coming soon to fruition.

December 18, 2008

Added Oy Tate.

December 13, 2008

There have been some updates to much of the music in order to make it more readable and/or singable. It is worth poking around to get the latest versions of everything.

Khanukah, Oy Khanukah was recently added.

November 2, 2008

I recently upgraded to the latest version of Lilypond. This resulted in a significant change in the layouts of some of the music. I have now finished cleaning up all of the problems caused by that change. Anything you download now should have a reasonable distribution across pages.

I just added Ikh Bin a Kleyner Dreydl. I hope to have more Hanukah songs up soon.

October 19, 2008

I just added some of the songs for performing at Beth Elohim for Simchat Torah. I'm trying to get the rest of them in.

Songs

A la una yo nací

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Abi Gezunt 1

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Ale Brider

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

new All My Love

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Der Alter Tsigayner

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Trumpet Violin

Am Yisrael Chai (Carlebach)

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Am Yisrael Chai (Rockoff)

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Araber Tants

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Artsa Alinu

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trumpet Violin

Avre Este Abajour

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Bay a Glezele Mashke

Klezmer Band Folio, Yale Klezmer Band

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Flute Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn 1

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Clarinet Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Baym Rebn in Palestina

Klezmer Band Folio, Yale Klezmer Band & Klezmer Collection

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Easy Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Bolter Bulgar

Klezmer Band Folio, Yale Klezmer Band

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Bublitchki

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Bulgar 17

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Cuando el Rey Nimrod

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

David Melech Yisrael

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Dire Gelt

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Doina (Dave Tarras)

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Dona Dona

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Guitar Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Eileh Chamdah Libi

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Elohim Medley

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Tenor Sax Trumpet Violin

En el Café del Amanecer

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Fiselekh Fiselekh

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Flatbush Waltz

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Flute Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Tuba Violin

Freylekhs 2

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Freylekhs 4

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Freylekhs 5

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Freylekhs 9

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Freylekhs in C minor

KlezmerShack's mini Klezmer Festival

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trumpet Violin

Freylekhs in D Freygish

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Freylekhs in D minor

KlezmerShack's mini Klezmer Festival

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

The recording provided is a medley of 2 different freylekhs, Sid's Freylekhs and this one. You have to listen out to the second half to get this melody.

Freylekhs Medley

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

This is a medley of Itsikel, Kolemeyke (K. 1-21) and Sid's Freylekhs.

Fun Der Khupe #2 (K. 1-3)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Fun Tashlikh

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trumpet Violin

Galitsianer Sher

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trumpet Violin

Gasn Nigun

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trumpet Violin

A Glezele Yash

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Flute Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Goldene Khasene

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trumpet Violin

Di Goldene Khasene 2

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Gut Morgn

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Gut Nakht Vals

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Hallelu-Kol Haneshama

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Happy Nigun (K. 9-12)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 9.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Hava Nagilah

It's not a song, it's an anthem!

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass For Trumpet Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Guitar Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Hija mía - El Adon

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Honga

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Bass Clarinet Drums Flute Trumpet Violin

You must listen to the MP3 to get the playing approach that is appropriate here. You can listen to the MIDI to pick up on this specific arrangement. A key source that I used to get started on this was found at www.musicstudents.com.

Ikh Bin a Kleyner Dreydl

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Guitar Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Ikh Hob Dikh Tsu Fil Lib

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Clarinet Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Itsikel (K. 1-10)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

new Joshua

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Kamariska (K. 1-24)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Kandel's Hora

The Compleat Klezmer

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Flute Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Jerry is still interested in this piece. I've rearranged things so that the trumpet is carrying melody. One thing that I can readily do is to provide in B♭ and C scores with the melody, harmonies and counter together. In the mean time, it is what it is.

This piece is one that Jerry liked from The Compleat Klezmer by Henry Sapoznik. It is a Roumanian style hora, not an Israeli style. It is in 3/8 and the beats are on 1 and 3.

The harmony parts are a 3rd or 4th below the melody and a 5th or 6th below the melody. Trombone and flute are currently scored to play a counter. At Rich's suggestion most of the glissandos have been removed from the trombone part.

I do not have a recording of this, so you will have to use the MIDI.

Kazatshok 1 (K. 1-22)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

Lead Sheet
MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Kazatshok 3 (K. 1-26)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Keshenever Bulgar (K. 1-19)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

The Compleat Klezmer attributes this to Abe Schwartz.

Khanukah, Oy Khanukah

Lead Sheet
MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Bass Clarinet Drums Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

This is a classic Yiddish Khanukah favorite. This arrangement is strongly influenced by a MIDI by Jonathan Lehrer.

Kolemeyke

Joy of Klez, From the Repertoire of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

Lead Sheet
MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Kolemeyke (K. 1-21)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Koyln

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trumpet Violin

La Vida Do Por el Rakí

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Lebedik un Freylekh

Joy of Klez, From the Repertoire of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Lo Yisa Goy

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Mah Tovu

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Clarinet Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

This is an original composition by Shpilkes's own Arnie Harris. Arnie and Barb are channelling Peter, Paul and Mary on the recording.

new Di Mame Hat Mikh Geshikt

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

new Mame iz Gegangen in Mark

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trumpet Violin

Mayim, Mayim

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Mayn Shtetl Yas

The Klezmer Plus! Folio

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Guitar Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

new Mazel

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Nakht in Gan Eden

Klezmer Band Folio, Yale Klezmer Band

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Flute Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

The alto sax part was based on the the trombone part. However, I got a copy of the B♭ version of the book and it had distinct alto and tenor sax parts.

The trombone glissandos now reflect what is in the book. The clarinet and flute have high melody parts. The violin and trumpet have low versions of the melody. The trumpet can play the tenor (or a transposition of the alto) instead of being heavy on the melody. The piano is just the melody and the octaves of the bass line, sorry! I hope to get to it soon.

Nigun II

The Jewish Fake Book

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Tenor Sax Trumpet Violin

Nigun Halelu

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Tenor Sax Trumpet Violin

Nokh a Bisel (K. 1-8)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Flute Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Nokh a Glezle Vayn

The Compleat Klezmer

Klezmer Band Folio, Yale Klezmer Band

Lead Sheet
MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Drums Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

This is still in progress. The freylekhs part was pulled from Klezmer Band Folio, Yale Klezmer Band and thus started as a pretty complete orchestration. The hora part is from The Compleat Klezmer and thus started as a lead sheet. I am still expanding the orchestration in that part.

Od Lo Ahavti Dai

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Od Yishama

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Odessa Bulgar

Joy of Klez, From the Repertoire of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bassoon Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

This is a very exciting bulgar. I have heard a number of variations. What I have presented an arrangement from The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.

The book has an alto sax part but no tenor sax part. I have constructed the tenor part by using liberal quotes from the alto part and from the violin part.

The violin part is NOT a melody part! The violin part is most definitely a harmony part. In the violin score, the melody is a C transposition of the clarinet part. The primary violin part in the book is the second part in this score.

Odessa Bulgar #3 (K. 1-12)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Odesser Bulgar (K. 1-18)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Or Zarua

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Oy Tate

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Bass Flute Guitar

Metropolitan Klezmer has a recording flute, bass and hand drums. This arrangement is so spare because that is the direction I am taking our performance. However, I doubt that we will try to come with a ney flute.

Oyfn Pripetshik

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Guitar Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

I'm making some progress on this. There is more to come. I finally found an arrangement to emulate and expand on.

Padespan (K. 1-37)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

This style is also known as a Pas D'Espagnol, a Russian Spanish Waltz.

Papirosn

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Polish Polka (K. 1-33)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Rumenye, Rumenye

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Rumenye, Rumenye (in G)

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Rumeynisher Hora 13 (K. 1-13)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Drums Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Rumeynisher Hora (K. 1-16)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Drums Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Despite being titled as just a hora, this is a medley of a Romanian hora and a bulgar. The combination of starting slow and then kicking up the pace works particularly well.

Rumeynisher Hora un Bulgar (K. 9-29)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 9.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trumpet Violin

This is a medley of a Roumanian hora and a bulgar. The combination of starting slow and then kicking up the pace works particularly well.

Russishe Sher

Joy of Klez, From the Repertoire of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Flute Alto Sax Bass For Trumpet Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

The A and C parts of this are the same as the A and B parts of No. 29 Russian Sher No. III in Kammen International Dance Folio, No. 1. I haven't transcribed that yet. The B part has this great circus feel to it.

Russishe Sher I (K. 1-27)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

This is the same as the Russische Sher, 2A in Mel Bay's Klezmer Collection by Stacy Phillips.

Russishe Sher II (K. 1-28)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Russishe Sher #5

Mel Bay's Klezmer Collection

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trumpet Violin

Russishe Sher Medley

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

This is a medley of Russishe Sher, No. 28, Russishe Sher II and No. 27, Russishe Sher I.

Sadigerer Khosid

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trombone Trumpet Violin

Sher (from Khevrisa)

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trumpet Violin

Sherele

Tummelers (recording), Viva El Klezmer and Michael Greenspan (score)

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Flute Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

This the same song as No. 1 Frailach in Kammen International Dance Folio, No. 1. The arrangement is very different. It arrangement is basically the same as the December (2002?) performance. The only real change is that I've added a drum part. The MIDI will be useful in understanding the drum rhythms.

Note that in the individual reed parts I have a melody, accompaniment and counter melody. The counter melody is the basis of the alto sax and trombone parts. The midi that I am including here has the clarinet playing melody on the first pass and accompaniment on the second. The trumpet reverses that.

I snagged a MIDI (by Michael Greenspan) from the net that provided a lot of good ideas for how to get our arrangement.

Shiru laHashem

Shabbat Prayer Melodies

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Tenor Sax Trumpet Violin

We have been using this melody for Shiru laHashem (Psalm 96) in our Kabbalat Shabbat service. I believe it is a Shlomo Carlebach melody.

new Shloymele, Malkele

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Shpilt Mir Klezmorimlekh (K. 1-11)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass For Trumpet Bass Clarinet Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Shtiler Bulgar (K. 1-15)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Flute Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

This freylekhs is in the A and B sections the same as Shtiler Bulgar. The C section is a little different. The melody was made into the swing standard, "As the Angels Sing".

Shuster und Shnayder Tants (K. 1-7)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Sid's Freylekhs

Klezmer Band Folio, Yale Klezmer Band

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

This is a nice freylekhs with an interesting bass vamp. We actually play it a bit slower than in the recordings.

The Klezmer Plus! recording provided is a medley of 2 different freylekhs, Sid's Freylekhs and Freylekhs in D minor.

Simkhes Toyre

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Trombone Trumpet Violin

Skotshne 59

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Flute Trumpet Violin

Tangissimo

Reiner Oberbeck

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Bass Clarinet Drums Piano Violin

This is a nice klezmerized tango composed by Reiner Oberbeck. You can find the original of this as well as other compositions and arrangements at his web site. Note, that because of the interplay of the instruments, this is arranged with very specific parts for clarinet, violin and accordion. We can only do this if we have a piano.

Terk in Amerika

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Flute Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Tish Nigun

The Klezmer Plus! Folio

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Flute Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Drums Euphonium Flute Guitar Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

This is a moderate speed Chasidic nigun. The piano for the introduction is pretty explicit. You can't just bang chords on that. If there is no piano, start with the bass pickup before A.

Dem Trisker Rebns Khosid

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trumpet Violin

Tsena

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Tum-Balalayke

The Jewish Fake Book

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Bass Flute Guitar Piano Trombone Violin

Arrangement for flute with guitar and bass accompaniment. Violin may be added later. Currently that file is empty.

Ukranian Dance No. II (K. 1-25)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Ukranian Dance No. IV (K. 1-23)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

It is alternatively listed as a Hopak or Kosatski in the Russian section of the table of contents. According to Kammen it can also be played as a Greek dance.

Una Tarde de Verano

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Una Tarde de Verano

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Unknown tune that Jim remembered

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

V'ha-eir Eineinu

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Yiddish Blues

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trombone Trumpet Violin

Yismechu Hashamayim

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Yodukha Rayonai

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

A Yuhr Erst Nokh mein Chasene (K. 1-6)

Kammen International Dance Folio No. 1.

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Bass Clarinet Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

Zemer Atik

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Piano Tenor Sax Trombone Trumpet Violin

7:40 (Zibn Fertsik)

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MIDI Ensemble Score Accordion Alto Sax Bass Clarinet Euphonium Flute Trombone Trumpet Violin


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