Motse-shabos (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.


“The musicians’ work would begin on Saturday night before the wedding... Young men and women would gather at the bride’s home for a “goodbye party” and dancing. The klezmorim would play until late at night. Their melodies were known by the names ‘zmires’ or ‘motse-shabos.’ The Ukrainian musicians had a tradition to play at this event to honor the guests ‘dobranots’ (good night)... a sentimental quiet melody...” Stutschewsky 1959, p.156. (Musical notation included). 

See Forshpil.