Varshaver Frelekhs (A Freilach from Warsaw) – clarinet and guitar


Arrangement of a traditional Polish-Jewish dance tune.
Freylekhs (Freilach/Fraylachs) is a description of the most universal type of Klezmer tune, usually in 2/4 and used for circle dances. Varshaver Freylekhs (Freilach from Warsaw) appears in a number of published Klezmer collections and has been recorded by various groups as early as 1915 – some very fast and some slighty more laid back, as in this recording.

My arrangement here includes various modal changes, mainly from harmonic minor to major and back. If the clarinettist fancies some additional slides and other Klezmer techniques, so much the better.