Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Yitzhak Tsvi HaLevi Halpern

 

Was a cantor in Kherson, Berdichev, and after twenty-five years in Lemberg's temple (a reform synagogue).

H. composed an opera "Nbukhdntsr" (text and music), which with great success was performed with Regina Prager in Galicia, and a play "Sarah bukher", which was staged in Galicia with Zelig Schorr, Rosa Briya, Adolf Meltzer and Peter Graf. H. had additionally written other plays, which bore the character of Goldfaden-Horowitz repertoire, and was never staged. Among his manuscripts were also found several plays of a modern lebenshteyger, in which the dialogue most of the time was performed under musical accompaniment.

H. was the musical guide for the pleyade Galician actors who still as children sang in Lemberg's temple. He also wrote music for theatre songs ("Al tira ebdi yakov" in Gordin's "King Lear"), and the text and music for "Tsveygn di fidlen" in Goldfaden's "Shulamis".

H., who was a free spirit, in his old age became religious, had begun to practice mluh mlkut, spent a year and davened in two por tfillin. Later he went away to Vienna, where he passed away shortly after the war.


Sh. E. from Anshel Schorr, Sholem Perlmutter, Jacob Mestel, Yosef Weintraub, Moshe Schorr, Gershom Bader and Charles Nathanson.

  • David Kessler -- Goldfaden, lerner, sheykevitsh -- "Der tog", N. Y., 21 January 1917.

 


 

 

 

 


 

Home       |       Site Map       |      Exhibitions      |      About the Museum       |       Education      |      Contact Us       |       Links


Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 579.
 

Copyright Museum of Family History.  All rights reserved.