Eastern Europe

God, Man and Devil

Directed by Joseph Seiden

This Yiddish film brings the classic tale of Faust to the Shtetl. It is about a pious man who makes a deal with the devil and the downward spiral that he is led down. Music plays a major part in the film, most notably the fiddle playing motive that appears at various points.

 

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1949
Photo taken from Yiddishmovie.com

A letter to mother - A Brivele der Mamen

 Directed by Joseph Green

Classic Yiddish film from 1939 with music by Abe Ellstein. In this film music is integral to the development of the plot and in addition to the film's central melody that acts as a leitmotif throughout the film, a Passover seder is also featured and a few non-religious Yiddish songs are sung during the course of the film. 

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1939
Photo taken from the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University

Khevrisa European Klezmer Music

1. Suite in A Minor A Freygish, D Freygish, D Minor: Sher
2. Suite in A Minor A Freygish, D Freygish, D Minor: Mazltov
3. Suite in A Minor A Freygish, D Freygish, D Minor: Sher
4. Suite in A Minor A Freygish, D Freygish, D Minor: Alvavo Rab bo Shteyger
5. Suite in A Minor A Freygish, D Freygish, D Minor: Alvavo Rab bo Shteyger
6. Suite in A Minor A Freygish, D Freygish, D Minor: Shir Ha-Ma lois

Material Type: 
Recordings
Year: 
2000

Ma Nishtana

This is a standard version of the four questions of the Seder, sung in the learning formula of the East European Heder and common among the Hasidim. The first version is in Hebrew only, and the second juxtaposes the Hebrew and the Yiddish versions, phrase by phrase.

Material Type: 
Recordings
Year: 
2008

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