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“Erev-yon-kiper far der nakht”: A Yiddish Murder Ballad Performed by Yetta Seidman

October 1, 2020

Erev-yon-kiper far der nakht / The Eve of Yom Kippur A Yiddish murder ballad sung by Yetta Seidman, recorded by Gertrude Nitzberg for the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 1979. Commentary by Itzik Gottesman This is another variant of this once popular 19th century Yiddish murder ballad about a rejected lover shooting his beloved. We have previously […]

“Ziser Got, vi dank ikh dir?” Performed by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman and “Reboyne-shel-oylem vi dank ik dir?” Performed by Freda Lobell

September 25, 2020

Ziser Got, vi dank ikh dir? / Sweet God, How Can I Thank You?Sung by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman (LSW), recorded by Leybl Kahn 1954, with another version, Reboyne-shel-oylem vi dank ik dir? / Master of the Universe How Can I Thank You? sung by Freda Lobell, and recorded by Ruth Rubin 1948 Freda Lobell’s rendition can be […]

“Shluf mayn kind, mayn treyst” Performed by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

August 28, 2020

Shluf mayn kind, mayn treyst/Sleep my child, my comfortAn otherwise unknown alternate melody for Sholem Aleichemś lullaby from Chernovitz, Romania sung by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman Commentary by Itzik Gottesman There are several melodies for this song known commonly as “Sholem Aleichem’s lullaby”, words by the writer Sholem Aleichem (Solomon Rabinovitch, 1859 – 1916). Sholem Aleichem There […]

“Lozt Mikh Arayn!” Performed by Clara Crasner

August 21, 2020

Lozt Mikh Arayn! / Let Me In! A street cry: a plea for a job, sung by Clara Crasner, recorded by Robert Freedman, Philadelphia, 1972.  TRANSLITERATION AND TRANSLATION Lozt mikh arayn! Ikh vel aykh nitslekh zayn. Feyikaytn tsin altsding Tsim lernen a moyekh un tse dem arbetn a koyekh. Un tse dem handlen:  a gants […]

“Of di grine felder/Dos fertsnte yor” – Two Performances

July 31, 2020

Of di grine felder/Dos fertsnte yor / On the green fields/The Year 1914 This week we are presenting two performances of this song: 1) Sara Nomberg-Przytyk (recorded by Wolf Krakowski, Way’s Mills, Quebec, Canada, 1986): 2) Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman (BSG), Lifshe Schaechter-Widman (LSW) and Jonas Gottesman (recorded by Leybl Kahn, Bronx, 1954): Commentary by Itzik Gottesman: […]

“Vus a mul brent dus fayer greser” Performed by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman

April 29, 2020

Vus a mul brent dus fayer greser / The Fire Burns Stronger Each Day Sung by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman, recorded by Leybl Kahn NY  1954 Commentary by Itzik Gottesman Yet another lyrical love song from the repertory of Lifshe Schaechter-Widman (LSW). In this dialogue, the women speaks first then the second and third verses are spoken by the […]

“Mentshn shteyt oyf gants fri” Performed by Avi Fuhrman

April 23, 2020

Mentshn shteyt oyf gants fri / People, Wake Up Early A version of  “Der gevisser may” by Yitskhok-Yoel Linetski Sung by Avi Fuhrman, recorded by Itzik Gottesman at Circle Lodge camp, 1984 Commentary by Itzik Gottesman Yiddish songs written about May in the 1890s and 1900s, were, of course, related to May 1st and the worker’s movement. […]

“Az in felder geyt a regn” Performed by Jacob Gorelik

April 17, 2020

Az in felder geyt a regn/When it rains in the fields Sung by Jacob Gorelik, lyrics by Wolf Younin with music by Maurice Ruach Recorded by Itzik Gottesman at the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center, Bronx, 1980s. Commentary by Itzik Gottesman Jacob Gorelik probably learned this song as a member of a Yiddish chorus in NYC […]

“Der shpigl mitn zeyger” Performed by Avi Fuhrman

October 23, 2019

Der shpigl mitn  zeyger / The Mirror and the Clock Sung by Avi Fuhrman Recorded by Itzik Gottesman, at Circle Lodge Camp, NY, Summer 1984. Commentary by Itzik Gottesman. The text to this song was written by the classic 19th century Yiddish writer and satirist Yoel Linetski (1839 -1915) and can be found in his poetry […]

“Borukh Shulman – Nokh a keyver, nokh a korbn” Performed by Leo Summergrad

July 25, 2019

Borukh Shulman – Nokh a keyver, nokh a korbn Borukh Shulman – Another Grave, Another Sacrifice Sung by Leo Summergrad, recorded in New York City, 1959 by Leo Summergrad Commentary by Itzik Gottesman In 1906, in Warsaw, radical 19 year-old Borukh Shulman (Polish: Baruch Szulman, 1886 – 1906) threw a bomb and killed the hated Tsarist police chief […]