He adapted over twenty folk
songs, and in March 1920 he arranged the first concert
of Yiddish folk songs with a large chorus in Carnegie
Hall. Later he was conductor of the "Choral Alliance"
synagogue, with the cantors Shlisky and Rosenblatt,
professor of music in the "Master Institute and United
Arts", and conducted for five "Arbeter Ring" choruses in
New York and its environs.
In September 1926 in New
York's Irving lace theatre, there was staged [under
Ben-Ami's and the author's direction], Yevreynov's "Di
shif mit tsikim" with P.'s music.
On 19 February 1930, Joseph
Buloff staged in Bronx's American Theatre, "Der regnboyn,
a singing, dancing and humorous evening" with music by
P. [including "Dos hemerl" and "May ko mshme ln" for
Abraham Reyzen's "Drey neytorins" and "Khasen-kale" by
Peretz et al.
On 16 March 1930 in Carnegie
Hall, there was staged for Yehoash's yahrzeit [performed
by the children of the Sholem Aleichem folkshul],
Yehoash's "Zingemaring", with P.'s music, published in
the "Children's Journal" of March 1930.
P. also wrote the
antraktn music for "Dos groyse gevins" by Sholem
Aleichem that was staged by the Yiddish Art Theatre, the
music to "Rbnishe kinder, oder, In rbins hoyf, an
operetta in 4 acts with a prologue by Y. Adler". P. had
composed synagogue compositions for solo and chorus,
original songs in Yiddish and English, adapted folk
songs for solo and chorus, arranged workers' songs for
chorus, by himself wrote choral songs in Yiddish and won
the contest of the "Arbeter Ring" [text by A. Lesin].
In 1923, he published in New
York's "Tog", articles about Yiddish Music and
especially about cantors.
P. in book form issued: "Harmonye
[theoretical and practical music teacher] by Meir
Posner, first part, publisher "Levant", New York, 1924",
[143 pp., 8°], and "Elemental muzik lerer" by Meir
Posner, publisher "Harmonye", New York, 1928 [157 pp.,
On 8 February 1931, P.
passed away in New York and was brought to his grave
site at the "Arbeter Ring" Cemetery.
Sh. E. from
his wife R. Posner.
Zalmen Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp.
Kh. Ehrenreich -- Di
5 idishe khoren velkhe der arbeyter ring hot
oyfgeboyt, "Forward", N. Y., 28 January 1927.
Ben-Aaron -- A por
verter vegen dem petersoner khor, "Der tog", Newark,
29 April 1929.
Sy. Meydzhar [Y. P.
Katz] -- 2 muzik lehr-bikher oyf idish fun meir
pozner, "Forward", N. Y., 20 October 1929.
W. Edlin -- Der khor
fun arbeyter ring un zeyn dirigent m. ozner, "Der
tog", N. Y., 3 Aril 1930.
W. -- Vi azoy der
etersoner khor hot geert zeyn dirigent pozner'n,
"Der tog", N. Y., 4 July 1930.
Yosef P. Katz -- Meir
pozner, "Der freynd", N. Y., March-April 1931.