B. was born on 12 February
1877 in Lechovitz, Minsk Gubernia, White Russia. His
father was a tailor. He learned in a cheder. In 1887 his
father immigrated to America, and B. entered into a
yeshiva in Slonim, where he learned for six years, and
he ate "daily". He had a voice, and he manifested a
great desire for music, he used to in the summer follow
the shows of the military orchestras that used to
perform in Slonim's park. When cantors came to Slonim as
a test, B. stopped his studies and became a choir
boy. The cantor Moshe Bass took him with him to
Bialystok, where Brody sang in Zabludovsky's shul until
the conductor Berman made him his assistant, and he
learned from him the theory of music. There Brody
learned with Russian and Hebrew teachers.
B. lost his voice and took
to writing cantorial compositions. As such he had
written "in khmud" for Cantor Roitman, then B. became
engaged to Cantor Kahane in Vilna as a conductor. Then
in the same post he went to Cantor Yoel Zelig in Pinsk.
Due to military conscription
in 1895, B. was sent over to America by his father, and
here he worked for a short time with Cantor Kuper,
traveling to Philadelphia, where he conducted in the
synagogue on Forsythe Street until Morris Finkel, opened
a Yiddish theatre on Arch Street, and he engaged him as
After being there for two
years, B. became engaged by Kessler, who guest-starred
ther from New York's Thalia Theatre, where he wrote his
first composition for a theatre piece ("Khfni un pinchas,"
or, "Rukhl", or "Dgl mkhnh yehudah") by M. A. Sharkansky.
B. was associated with Kessler for twenty-two years,
then for two years in the People's Theatre (Schulman and
Rovinger), two years at the Liberty, and one year at the
Hopkinson Theatre as a conductor and composer.
B. composed music more than
sixty plays, including "Di sheyne trim" by Gordin, "Khtr
mlkhut" by Terr, "Di yidn in brazilye" by Hermalin, "La
mit a alf" by Khts, "Der krbn" by Hororwitz, "Yehudis di
tsveyte," "Dos yidishe harts," "Yum htufh" and, "An
amter freynt" by Lateiner.
Especially popularly sung
was B.'s composition "Mzmur ldud" in Gordin's
"God, Man and Devil," and his synagogue number "Al tshlikhnu" and "Adm isudu mefr" in "Yom htufh."