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Chad gadya sound recording / edited from field and archive recordings by Abraham A. Schwadron

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Data Source
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
Cover design by Ronald Clyne.
Notes by Abraham Schwadron in booklet (6 p.) inserted in original cover.
Related materials may be found in the Moses and Frances Asch Collection, also held by this repository. Related materials may include correspondence pertaining to the recording, original cover art designs, production materials and business records, and audiotapes from studio production.
Related materials may be found in the Abraham A. Schwadron "Chad Gadya" Collection, held by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. These materials include correspondence, Schwadron's writings, informant information, background research, and musical and textural transcriptions. The sound recordings include more than 160 versions of the song. See (checked January 2013):
Track information
101. Aramaic / sung by Abraham Schwadron
102. a) Aramaic, b) German, c) Yiddish, d) Yiddish, e) Aramaic, f) Aramaic, g) Aramaic / Leo Rosenblüth, Theodore Katz, Harry Abrams, Florence C. Lewis, Irving Schwadron, Moshe Moskovits, Ruth Rubin
103. a) Greek and Aramaic, b) Ladino, c) Aramaic, d) Ladino
201. a) Russian, b) Judeo-Provençal, c) Aramaic and Ladino, d) Aramaic / Bluma Jarrick, unknown
202. a) Aramaic and Italian, b) Italian, c) Aramaic / Fernando Belgrado, Colombo Vitaliano, Emanuele Weiss-Levi
203. a) Ladino, b) Ladino / Isaac Behar, Edwin Seroussi
204. a) Aramaic and Arabic, b) Aramaic, c) Aramaic, d) Aramaic and Ladino, e) Ladino / Solomon Benchetrit, Irving Schwadron, Khakham Ezra Mordekhai, Haim Ha Cohen, Raphael Yair Elnadav
Publisher number
FR 8920 Folkways Records
The album collects twenty-five versions of "Chad gadya" ("one young goat," often translated as "one kid" as here), a passover song. The recordings were selected by Abraham Schwadron. The selection comprises archival recordings identified by Schwadron and field recordings by Schwadron and others. The recording represents a wide variety of tunes and musical styles from various areas of the Jewish diaspora and reflects varied cultural influences. The album's notes include the song's history, a translation, and various allegorical explanations.
Repository Loc.
Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, 600 Maryland Ave., S.W., Suite 2001, Washington, D.C. 20024. Call 202-633-7322 for appointment. Fax: 202-633-7019. Email:
Schwadron, Abraham
Rosenblüth, Leo
Katz, Theodore
Jarrick, Bluma
Cohen, Haim Ha
Elnadav, Raphael Yair
Belgrado, Fernando
Vitaliano, Colombo
Behar, Isaac
Seroussi, Edwin
Benchetrit, Solomon
Schwadron, Irving
cover designer
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006
Physical description
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Phonograph records
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Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Local number
Folkways 8920
Passover music
Chad gadya [one kid]
Restrictions & Rights
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