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Chant of the sexton. Berish Katz was brought to me by the journalist and poet, Wolf Younin, New York, in 1947. His songs and fiddle tunes were first taken down by me on a record-cutting machine and later transferred to tape. Katz had a little book which contained the texts of the songs his uncle MOYSHELE STAM or MOYSHELE fun GLYNA, HAD COMPILED. Younin’s voice is heard once or twice, questioning Mr. Katz. Although I tried numerous times to obtain the texts of the songs from Mr. Younin (who retained the little book), he refused to let me have them. The numbers referred to relate to the songs as they were numbered in the little notebook. Mr. Katz gave his own comments but rarely sang a song
he preferred to do the melody on his fiddle. The tunes, Mr. Katz said, dated from the early 80s to the beginning of the 20th century and he first heard them from his uncle, the badchen [sic] MOYSHELE STAM in Glina in Galicia, a little town near Lemberg. Mr. Katz used the following English words in his comments: before, title, first, melody, “en-kurashirt” (encouraged!) 41099
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