THE HOFFMAN BOOK
JOSEPH HOFFMAN KLEZMER COLLECTION (1927)
The Hoffman Book is a remarkable collection of 160 melodies assembled in 1927 by Jewish musician Joseph Hoffman (1869-1939) for his children. Passed down through four generations of the musical dynasty he founded, the folio contains melodies Hoffman brought from Podolia in Ukraine to Philadelphia when he immigrated in 1905, some of his own compositions, and tunes collected from and written by his musical colleagues in the USA. Published here for the first time, the new edition also includes tunes by Hoffman's great granddaughter, klezmer trumpeter Susan Watts, and an introduction by Dr. Hankus Netsky.