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Benzion Miller's Oral History
Benzion Miller, world-renowned Hassidic cantor and collector and composer of nigunim (wordless melodies), was interviewed by Hankus Netsky in Borough Park, New York on June 6, 2012. Parts of this interview are in Yiddish.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish and English.
Benzion Miller was born in 1946 in Munich, Germany.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Video highlights from this oral history
Benzion Miller Sings Bobever Shabbes Songs5 minutes 7 seconds
Five Synagogues and a Mikve on One Square Block2 minutes 33 seconds
Meeting Abe Ellstein1 minute 40 seconds
A Nign Inspired by Church Bells2 minutes 2 seconds
All the Yiddish Music I Know, I Know From WEVD1 minute 7 seconds
Cantorial Music is Baggage1 minute 46 seconds
I Walk Around Improvising All Day: Benzion Miler Shares A Melody Composed in the Car2 minutes 39 seconds
Benzion Miller Sings a Nign from his Great-Grandfather1 minute 37 seconds
Shoshanas Yaakov Composed on a German Overnight Train1 minute 37 seconds
They Were All My Favorites1 minute 7 seconds
Impressions of Poland6 minutes 18 seconds
Cantor Benzion Miller on Improvisation in Cantorial Music3 minutes 47 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Moyshe Koussevitzky, Shmuel Tovsky, Hershl Fox, WEVD radio station, Bobever hasidism, Vishnitz hasidism, cantorial music, nign, nigunim, khazones,
- Family history
- stories about ancestors
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
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