Fun der khupe (LKT)

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Fun der khupe (freylekhs).” Beregovski/Goldin 1987 # 16, 59. (Musical notation included). 

‘Fun der khupe marsh’ [From the khupe march].” [Orgajev, Bessarabia, c. 1930s-1940s]. Bik 1964. (Musical notation included). 

“Old women sing this song when they dance opposite the groom with the bride, while they proceed back from the khupe.” [Lodz, Poland, pre-World War I]. Cahan 1938, p. 306 (48)

“The bazetsh di kale, leading from there to where the wedding took place, to the khupe in the large synagogue, and back home -- all to the sounds of a ‘freylekhs’... Often the wedding-parade stretched over several streets before leading the in-laws back home, accompanied the whole way with the A. G. [Avrom Goldfaden] ‘getsoygene motive.’” [Dubno, Poland, pre-World War II]. Katshke 1966, p. 666

“After the khupe according to Jewish custom, they led the joyful couple together on a full route, dancing opposite them with a large challah with a lit oil lamp in it.” [Frampol, Lublin, Poland, pre-World War II]. Kleydman 1966, p. 164

“‘Freylakhs fun der khupe.’ This rollicking wedding march translates as Freylakh from the Wedding Canopy... Trills, quick triplets and wicked chirps help establish the mood.” [A. Schwartz and A. Elenkrig]. Phillips 1996a, pp. 16-17. (Musical notation and recording references included). 

“‘Fon der khupe #1’ ... 'Fon der khupe #2’... From the Wedding Canopy #2 has been recorded from medium speed wedding march to freylakh overdrive.” [D. Tarras]. Phillips 1996a, pp. 90-91. (Musical notation and recording references included). 

“Returing from the synagogue the groom was already led together with the the bride, and the klezmorim played the usual march from the khupe [‘marsh fun der khupe’].” [Sarnaki. Poland, pre-World War II]. Zeyerman 1968, pp. 348-49

See Bazetsh di kale and Firn di mekhutonim and Khupe-marsh.