Gezegn-tants (LKT)

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Gezegn tants. farewell dance (a kind of wedding dance).” Harkavi 1928, p. 152

“... Our old klezmer will lock himself in a room and play an entire old-time wedding, from the ‘dobridzhen’ until the ‘gezegnungs-marsh’...” [Byten, Grodno province, Russia, c. 1905-1911]. Rabinovitch 1940, p. 203

“During the meal they played and danced, particularly interesting are the last minutes...the klezmer played a gezegn-tants... they fortified themselves [against tears] with a freylekhs, with a marsh, [and] a hopke-tants...” [Vilna, Lithuania, c. 1880s-1890s]. Zizmor 1922a, p. 876