Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
T. was born on 24 July 1894
in Uman, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine. A distant relative of
Mischa Elman. His father was a klezmer musician in Sabsey's
Yiddish itinerant troupe. He learned in a cheder and
spent a year in the Talner yeshiva, completing the city
school, then a four-class gymnasium, and he studied
violin and music theory in the Kiev conservatory. Then
he was taken around across the cities as an orchestra
conductor, and he spent a season as musical director in an
operetta troupe under the direction of a mystery conductor.
Again in Lugansk as an assistant conductor for the
symphony orchestra, later migrating to Italy, where he
spent one-and-a-half years acting under the leadership
of Toscani. Due to military service he went away to
France, where he performed in cafe houses.
In 1915 he came to America,
where he performed in hotels, then he became a violinist in the
Yiddish theatre, simultaneously for six seasons as assistant
conductor with Rumshinsky and two seasons with
In 1929-30 he was engaged at
the Yiddish Art Theatre as the composer and musical
director, composing the English music for Lion
Feuchtwanger's "Jew Suss," for Chone Gottesfeld's "Malokhim
oyf der erd". He arranged the music for Sholem
Aleichem's "Blondzhende shtern (Wandering Stars)", composed the music for
the children's play "Di kleyne mlukhh" and
specialized afterwards as the arranger for Goldfaden's
("Shulamis," "Bar kochba,"
"Dos 10th gebot," "Ben ami," and "Di
kishufmakherin,"), as well as for the radio on the "Tog"
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 864.
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