Jewish Music List: Many Versions of One Melody

On the Jewish Music List (to subscribe, email HERE) musicians Judith Cohen, Joel Rubin, and Amanda Miryem-Khaye Seigel recently talked about many versions of one melody. Here are the Yiddish version, plus Romanian, classical, two Ladino versions.

Yiddish: “Hob ikh mir an altn daym” (“I have an old dime”) performed by the Nisht Geferlach Klezmer Band. Find Yiddish lyrics and sheet music on the new Mlotek/Workers Circle site.

Romanian: “Am un leu și vreu să-l beu” performed by Anton Achiței

Classical: George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1

Ladino: “Tray me un poko de agua” (“Give me some water”) performed by the Elias Ladino Ensemble. Explanation and song begin at around 5 mins. 15 seconds into the video.

Another Ladino version from a collection at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library.

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