Flute

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Adrianne Greenbaum

Adrianne Greenbaum

The flute has been part of klezmer ensembles for a very long time. There are some wonderful vintage recordings of bands where you can hear them playing heterophonically (doing different things with the melody) and adding trills and runs above the tune. We also have some great examples of solo playing.


Flutes played an important role taking the high melodic lines and fills in the early American bands of Art Shryer, Harry Kandel, and Abe Schwartz, to name but a few.


According to Adrianne Greenbaum, the world's foremost klezmer flautist, the instruments played in eastern European klezmer bands and in the US in the first part of the 1900s were generally of the multi-keyed variety, a few Boehm-system, but mostly simple-system and/or what we now sometimes refer to as 'transitional'.


Yiddish: fleyt, shtolper


Klezmer flautists in the late 19th and earlier 20th centuries included:


  • Argentina Leo Feidman, Sergio Feidman

  • USA Israel Chazin, Shloimke Kosch


Klezmer flautists in the later 20th century and today include:


  • France Marthe Desrosières (also clarinet)

  • USA Adrianne Greenbaum, Madeline Solomon

Flute Doyne recorded by an unknown artist with tsimbl accompaniment

Flute Doyne recorded by an unknown artist with tsimbl accompaniment

Flute Doyne un Sirba recorded by Harry Kandel's Orchestra

Flute Doyne un Sirba recorded by Harry Kandel's Orchestra

Doyne played by Shloimke Kosch, c1921 (part 2 of 2)

Doyne played by Shloimke Kosch, c1921 (part 2 of 2)

Zhok, improvisation and honga with tsimbl accompaniment

Doyne played by Shloimke Kosch, c1921 (part 1 of 2)

Doyne played by Shloimke Kosch, c1921 (part 1 of 2)

Improvisation with tsimbl accompaniment

A Palmear (Patsh Tants) recorded by Orquesta Popular Israeli Feidman

A Palmear (Patsh Tants) recorded by Orquesta Popular Israeli Feidman

Leo Feidman (flute, piccolo) recorded this clapping dance in Buenos Aires c. 1953. He was the father of well-known clarinet player Giora Feidman.