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Di Rusishe Progresiv Muzikal Yunyon No. 1 Fun Amerike

Mark Solbin

in American Klezmer

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780520227170
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935655 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520227170.003.0004
Di Rusishe Progresiv Muzikal Yunyon No. 1 Fun Amerike

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This chapter attempts to rescue an early American Jewish institution from historical oblivion—di rusishe progresiv muzikal yunyon no. 1 fun amerike (the Russian Progressive Musical Union No. 1 of America)—the first Jewish musicians' union in the United States and the missing link in the history of the migration of klezmer music and musicians from eastern Europe to the United States. The origins of this union reveal a great deal about the early effects of social, cultural, and political currents of urban America on this genre of eastern European Jewish music, and about the overall transformation of traditional Yiddish culture in the New World.

Keywords: Jewish musicians union; klezmer music; musicians; migration; eastern Europe; Yiddish culture

Chapter.  6768 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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