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 refers 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 young people danced until daybreak... The klezmorim played all kinds of melodies for the dances. The dancers requested ‘tents’ (dances), ... for one a ‘tsardas’ and for one... a valtzer... They also requested the ‘vantsef’ dance whose name was difficult to pronounce.” [Turun, Carpathian Mountains, pre-World War II]. Hagalili 1956, p. 163.
“All the girlfriends and acquaintances came and we were happy and danced a lot... At the end, we did also the Contredanse performed in a stately manner. But the Walzer was not really lively.” [Brest-Litovsk, Poland, 1848]. Wengeroff 1913, I, p. 182.