Wedding Dance - Good Luck to the Bride and Groom
A traditional Jewish song arranged by accordionist, scholar and teacher Elsie M. Bennett (nee Blum), published by Pietro Deiro Publications in New York City. The title of this collection is "Hebrew and Jewish Songs and Dances, Volume One," with all of the selections compiled and arranged by Elsie Bennett, recipient of a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University Teachers College (New York) and a Music Bachelors degree from Wayne University in Detroit. This song is also spelled "Choson Kale Mazel Tov," or "Good Luck to the Bride and Groom." Henry Lefkowitch of Metro Music Company and Harry Coopersmith of the Jewish Education Committee of New York also helped in the compilation of this music collection, with Ester Youlous and Ester Golbert assisting in editing of the text. Performed upon my vintage 1950's Hohner Tango II M accordion, a 3/5 reed instrument in LMM configuration. Although I have never been married, I think that this song would be a lovely addition to any festive wedding celebration.
Hohner produced this model between 1953 and 1961. It is a fairly lightweight accordion but with a very strong wooden frame. The reeds feature that distinctive Hohner sound with a nice range of treble voices and a very deep bass section. Of the nine treble registers four are repeats, giving five different treble sounds. The bass features three different registers with an especially powerful master switch. You can stroll with this accordion because of the manageable weight, allowing the player to entertain guests at a restaurant, public gathering, wedding or special event. This accordion sounds perfectly at home with European melodies, Latin American styles and traditional American folk songs, as well as being versatile enough for Classical music, contemporary music and improvisation.