Appeal to Jewish Composers
Letter to A. Sh. Gurshtein
Moisey Beregovsky (1892–1961) was an outstanding figure in Soviet musicology, a scholar who almost single-handedly erected the building of Jewish music folklore studies. His collection includes Yiddish songs, klezmer tunes, Hasidic melodies (nigunim), as well as recordings of Purimshpils (musical and theatrical performances related to the holiday of Purim). It is recognized as a unique contribution to the preservation and study of traditional Jewish music culture. Beregovsky performed a comprehensive analysis of each of these genres and developed a methodological approach to the Ashkenazi music tradition within the framework of European academic musicology.