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Klezmer

A musical tradition of Jewish origin for celebration, particularly of weddings. They are in one of several characteristic Modes most usually the Synagogue prayer modes although the music is secular rather than religious. The modes are actually the 1st, 4th and 5th of the Harmonic Minor Scale with the 4th being the most familiar.

The music originated in Eastern Europe in the villages. Klezmer (Klezmorim) referred to the Instruments and the musicians and is simply Yiddish for instrument and song.