Monday, November 27, 2017

Jan Peerce: Der Chasene Waltz (1963)

Yiddish Performance of the Week

Der Chasene Waltz
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Der Chasene Waltz,” which dates to 1947, is sung beautifully by operatic tenor Jan Peerce [born in 1904 as Jacob Pincus Perelmuth in Manhattan’s Lower East Side—died in 1984 in New York, NY]. The recording is the last track on side B of the album, Jan Peerce Sings Yiddish Folk Songs, which was released in 1963. The orchestra is conducted by Abraham Ellstein.

This musical composition is by Romanian composer Iosif Ivanovici [1845–1902], who published a waltz, “Valurile Dunari” (Romaian: Waves of the Danube) in 1880 on which this tune is based. This Yiddish arrangement is by Henry Lefkowitch, with words by Chaim Tauber. This was a favourite of my parents and their friends, and I suspect many of their generation. Yes, it was sentimental and a bit overplayed, making it ripe for criticism, but for some reason I enjoyed it too.

Der Chasene Waltz
Arr by: Henry Lefkowitch
Yiddish lyrics: Chaim Tauber

Akh, yene nakht, yene gliklikhe nakht
hot freyd on a shir far undz beyde gebrakht.
Tsum ershtn mol ven ikh hob dikh gezen [gezeyn],
geshpilt hot dan di muzik azoy sheyn.

Tsvey yunge hertser mir zenen geven [geveyn],
libes gefiln umshuldik un reyn.
Gedrikt hob ikh dir azoy tsertlikh tsu mir,
zikh ayngelibt bald in dir.

Koym zikh dervart, fun der shul nor aroys,
gefayert a khasene, glik azoy groys.
Gedenkstu di nakht, s'hot geshpilt di muzik,
dem zelbn valts fun glik.

As sung by Jan Peerce
Kum, tants mit mir
Undzer valts fun amol
Gehat nor mit dir.
kh'hob dikh lib on a tsol.

Tsum ershtn mol,
Ven ikh hob dikh derzen [derzeyn]
Geshpilt hot men dan
Undzer valts azoy sheyn.

Tsvey yunge hertser
Mir zenen geven [geveyn]
Libe's gefiln
Umshuldik un reyn

Gedrikt hob ikh dikh
Azoy hertslikh tsu mir
Zikh ayngelibt
Bald in dir.
Koym zikh dervart
Fun der shul nor aroys
Gefayert a khasene,
Glik azoy groys

Gedenkstu di nakht
Hot geshpilt di muzik
Dem zelbn valts fun glik.

Lebt nokh di nakht
Yene gliklikhe nakht
Freyd on a shir,
Far undz beyde gebrakht.

Khotsh zilber di hor,
Un di fis zenen mid,
In harts klingt nokh alts
Undzer lib', undzer valts.