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Pieces named Zayt gezunt (Be well— to the guests) would usually be concluding the wedding. Like a lot of other “music for listening,” some of these pieces would be of more improvisatory nature and largely out of time, while others like this one are in 3/4 time with the stop-times (fermatas) at the end of nearly each phrase. Genre-wise this piece resembles volekh, sometimes called a Jewish minuet.


from Raysn: The Music of Jewish Belarus, released October 29, 2014
Traditional, arr.: Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch


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Litvakus Brooklyn, New York

Renowned Eastern European clarinetist, pianist, and composer Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch presents a uniquely thrilling klezmer experience with his new quintet Litvakus, which brings to soaring life the often overlooked Belarusian and Litvak (Belarusian-Lithuanian) Jewish musical heritage. Litvakus is reaching out to the modern audiences worldwide, making the old sound new and fresh, meaningful and hip ... more

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