Lanse (LKT)

This entry is part of the Lexicon of Klezmer Terminology (LKT). The LKT compiles a wide array of source materials that shed light on the historical and contemporary state of knowledge about klezmer music. Each entry includes a number of citations from primary and secondary sources that include or refer to the term in question. It also indicates whether musical notation or sound recordings are included in the source. By clicking on the bibliographic hyperlink at the end of each citation, you get the full reference.


“Sung to a lanshey.Cahan 1938, p. 306 (#86)

‘Bay a lanse.’ This song, and also #219, is a dance-improvisation with a biting sense of humor, originating through a lanse.” [Warsaw, Poland, 1890s]. Cahan 1957, p. 225 (#218-19), 490 (#218-19)

“There are also ‘cosmopolitan repertoire’ couple dances of Western and Central European origin’ such as lances, pa de span, padekater, quadrille, polka, waltz, etc... played for both Jews and non-Jews.” Feldman 1994, p. 10.  

“‘R. Siminovitz, with a two-stringed fiddle... [played] the ‘polka,’ ‘kadril’ and ‘lanse’...” [Gedara, Palestine, 1888]. Fridhaber 1992, p. 396

See Glanse.