The Jewish Recorder Player’s Tune Book for Soprano
We have included in this collection 28 of our very favorite tunes of Jewish, Hebrew, Klezmer, and Israeli origin. These are the same tunes in the same keys as in the Jewish Fiddler“s Tune Book, so you can all play nicely together.
“Aydi Bim Bim”,
“A Girl Sitting on the Oven”,
“Good Purim Jews”,
“Hevenu Shalom Alechem”,
“Hine Ma Tov”,
“Hop Mayne Homentashn”,
“I Had a Little Overcoat”,
“Kum Bachur Atzel”,
“My Old Sieve”,
“Oats and Rye”,
“Tantst, Tantst Yidelekh”,
“Zum Gali Gali”
“The pieces vary from brisk dance tunes to melancholy and lyrical melodies. All can be played as solos with or without accompaniment. Chord symbols are included. Some are rounds for two or more instruments.
The entire collection is suited to an early intermediate player. The key signatures and rhythms are uncomplicated. There are several with three or more sharps or flats, but the majority are set in easy keys. The ranges are comfortable and mostly in the first octave of the soprano or tenor.
The tunes are pleasant. Some are quite beautiful, and others are catchy and fun to play. They work well as solos, but an accordion accompaniment would be a nice addition.
Though the edition is presented with a plain paper cover (index card stock) that also serves as the table of contents, the spiral binding and the easy-to-read print more than make up for it.
For folk music enthusiasts, this is a collection that can be recommended.”