Itzhak Perlman in the recording studio recording for the 2016 New Broadway Cast Album of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ arranged by John Williams for Broadway Records.

Itzhak Perlman (born 1945) is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and music teacher. He first fell in love with the violin at the age of three. He battled the polio disease to become a virtuoso of the violin and one of the world’s leading players.

Based on Sholom Aleichem’s stories,  Fiddler on the Roof  is the tale of the small, tradition-steeped town of Anatevka in Russia. The story focuses on the main character, Tevye and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon his family and their lives. Fiddler on the Roof became the longest-running musical in American history, a title it maintained for almost ten years.

Klezmer is a style of folk music that draws upon the traditions of Ashkenazi Judaism and Eastern European folk traditions. The music from Fiddler on the Roof combines traditional show tunes with Klezmer scales and melodies.

A clip from “Tradition”, the opening number from the show

Klezmer music has featured on two previous blog posts:

https://hayesmusic.blog/2020/04/03/daily-listening-friday-3rd-april/

https://hayesmusic.blog/2020/04/26/daily-listening-sunday-26th-april/

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