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Velvel Pasternak's Oral History
Velvel Pasternak, musicologist and major publisher of Jewish music, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky at his home in Cedarhurst, NY.
This interview was conducted in English.
Velvel Pasternak was born in 1933 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Video highlights from this oral history
Why I Got Kicked Out of Kindergarten: Yiddish in My Childhood1 minute 22 seconds
"I Want to Hear it in the Raw": Working With Vladimir Heifetz3 minutes 50 seconds
Why It Was Forbidden to Record Nigunim1 minute 36 seconds
"But it Had the Pathos": Difficulties of Recording with Hasidic Singers4 minutes 24 seconds
Somebody Must Need This Stuff3 minutes 19 seconds
Modzitzer Marches Now Used in the Israeli Army1 minute 28 seconds
Early Recordings of Modzitzer Hasidic Nigunim2 minutes 17 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Velvel Pasternak, sheet music, recrdings
- Yiddish language
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish professions
- Religion and ritual
- United States
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