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Learn About Klezmer Music: History, Style, and Musical Characteristics

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 3 min read

Have you ever danced the hora? If you’ve attended a reception for a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, you probably have. Or perhaps you danced the hora at a Jewish wedding (or even a non-Jewish wedding). This popular dance is perhaps the best-known example of klezmer music, a style of instrumental music that dates back centuries and took hold in America in the twentieth century.