Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
L. was born on 5 March 1904
in New York, America. His father was a musician in the
Yiddish theatre. He completed a public school and high school
and learned Yiddish with a rabbi.
At the age of thirteen he
acted part-time in the orchestras of Yiddish theatres,
two years later becoming a steady piano accompanist with
Gabel in his theatre, and later crossed
over to other Yiddish theatres where he composed music
for the songs that were sung in melodramas. Later L.
composed the music for the operettas "Fremde kleyder" by
L. Freiman and "Der freylekher khazan" by Moshe Richter
(both staged by Ludwig Satz).
During the last years L. further
was active in the orchestras of Yiddish theatres and
wrote compositions for individual songs, of which
several were published. The most popular of these was "Di eybike mama", sung by Lucy German.
On 10 September 1931 at the Selvin Theatre there was staged in English Boris
Thomashefsky's operetta "Di khznte" under the name of
"The Singing Rabbi" with L.'s and Joseph Rumshinsky's
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 1013.
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