Born on 6 September 1918 in
Sighet, Hungary, where he received a traditional Jewish
education and also completed the folkshul there.
From childhood on he was excited by music, and more,
even as a young boy he went away on foot to Vienna,
where he first worked as a milk distributor on a farm,
did various trades and sporadically took lessons in
music [given] by various teachers from the Vienna
On the eve of Austria being
occupied by the Nazis, he returned to Romania and
settled in Cluj, where he again took lessons in music
with various music teachers, until, due to racist laws,
the Jewish-Hungarian actors founded independent troupes,
and for that ensemble, M. wrote music for spectacles.
Soon however, he was taken into forced labor in a
camp in Mödling, Austria. In 1945, after the Liberation,
he came back to Sighet, and not finding any of his
family who were killed by the Nazis, he settled in Cluj,
where he began his actual compositional activity. He
created music for puppet plays, for many staged
plays, for films and music to several plays in the
Romanian Jewish State Theatre, such as Gordin's "God,
Man and Devil", ""Shpilt a freylekhs", Sholem Aleichem's
"Stempenyu", the ballet-pantomime "Der oyshtand in der
varshever geto", and to "Tsen brider zeynen mir geven"
by H. Slaves.
Julian Schwartz about his
compositions for Yiddish theatre: