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Morris Rosenfeld

Morris Rosenfeld (Moshe Jacob Alter) (December 28, 1862 in Stare Boksze in Russian Poland, government of Suwałki – June 22, 1923 in New York City) was a Yiddish poet.

His work sheds light on the living circumstances of emigrants from Eastern Europe in New York's tailoring workshops.

He was educated at Boksha, Suwałki, and Warsaw. He worked as a tailor in New York and London and as a diamond cutter in Amsterdam, and settled in New York in 1886, after which he was connected with the editorial staffs of several leading Jewish newspapers. During the 1890s he wrote song parodies for the Yehuda Katzenelenbogen Music Publishing Company in New York, including Nokhn ball (After the Ball), Di pawnshop (Faryomert farklogt) and Nem tsurik dayn gold (Take Back Your Gold) - all published in Di idishe bihne and Lider magazin. In 1904 he published a weekly entitled Der Ashmedai. In 1905 he was editor of the New Yorker Morgenblatt. He was also the publisher and editor of a quarterly journal of literature (printed in Yiddish) entitled Jewish Annals. He was a delegate to the Fourth Zionist Congress at London in 1900, and gave readings at Harvard University in 1898, the University of Chicago in 1900, and Wellesley and Radcliffe colleges in 1902.

Rosenfeld was the author of Di Gloke [The bell] (New York, 1888), poems of a revolutionary character; later the author bought and destroyed all obtainable copies of this book. He wrote also Di Blumenkette [The chain of flowers] (New York, 1890) and Dos Lieder-Bukh (New York, 1897; English transl. by Leo Wiener, Songs from the Ghetto, Boston, 1899; German transl. by Berthold Feivel, Berlin, and by E. A. Fishin, Milwaukee, Wis., 1899; Rumanian transl. by M. Iaşi, 1899; Polish transl. by J. Feldman, Vienna, 1903; Hungarian transl. by A. Kiss, Budapest; Bohemian transl. by J. Vrchlický, Prague; Croatian transl. by Aleksandar Licht, Zagreb, 1906). His collected poems were published under the title Gezamelte Lieder, in New York, in 1904.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1862 (Suwałki), Died New York City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1923

Roles Represented in DAHR: author, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-17983 10-in. 7/15/1916 The grine Al Harris Dramatic recitation author  
Victor B-17985 10-in. 7/15/1916 The sweat shop Al Harris Dramatic recitation author  
Victor B-20908 10-in. 10/25/1917 Yom Kipur zu minche Naum Coster Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-21391 10-in. 1/30/1918 Zwei mechitunim Rubin Goldberg Recitation author  
Victor B-25721 10-in. 10/17/1921 Mein yingele I. Leonard Braun Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-28941 10-in. 11/13/1923 Kalverier Deutsch Rubin Goldberg Recitation, with piano author  
Columbia 58159 10-in. approximately March 1917 Der yiddisher may Leon Blanc Recitation author  
Columbia 58207 10-in. approximately April 1917 Auf dem toiten gurten Samuel Kornzweig Recitation author  
Columbia 84569 10-in. July 1918 Soldiers of Zion (זעלנער פון ציון) Josef Rosenblatt Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rosenfeld, Morris," accessed October 31, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102722.

Rosenfeld, Morris. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102722.

"Rosenfeld, Morris." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 31 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102722

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