This is our second klezmer piece: the first was back on 4th April. Klezmer is is a Jewish style originating in Eastern Europe. As well as having its roots in Jewish folk music, there are elements of Romani music (because Jews and Roma lived in the same communities in Eastern Europe), and jazz.
In this piece you’ll notice the exuberant clarinet playing, that is a real feature of klezmer, and the accordion with buttons on both sides (it’s similar to a bandoneón, but this isn’t one of those – notice it’s a different shape). The big woodwind instrument on the stand is a bass clarinet.
Shalom aleichem is a Hebrew title meaning ‘peace be upon you’, which is a common greeting among the Ashkenazi Jews of central Europe.