Ellstein's only opera, The Golem, had its world premiere at the New York City Opera under the baton of music director Julius Rudel on March 23, 1962. The libretto was created by the composer and his wife, Sylvia Regan, based on the mythical Golem tale of the Central European Jews.
He was born on the Lower East Side, Manhattan, at that time an Eastern European Jewish immigrant area. His musical education began at the Third Street Music School Settlement. From the age of nine to thirteen, he studied piano with Frederick Jacobi. He was the conductor of the boy's choir of the Broadway production "Richard III", at only thirteen years old. He went on to study at the Graduate School of Juilliard, training as a conductor, with a major in composition.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1907 (New York City), Died 1963 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, piano, electric organ, director, organ, songwriter, arranger
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 74 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-28939||10-in.||11/13/1923||Nachis fun kinder, part 1||Rubin Goldberg||Recitation, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-28940||10-in.||11/13/1923||Nachis fun kinder, part 2||Rubin Goldberg||Recitation, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-28941||10-in.||11/13/1923||Kalverier Deutsch||Rubin Goldberg||Recitation, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-39159||10-in.||9/7/1927||Haom haras olom||Josef Rosenblatt||Tenor vocal solo, with organ||instrumentalist, organ|
|Victor||CVE-39160||12-in.||9/7/1927||Misratze b'rachmim||Josef Rosenblatt||Tenor vocal solo, with organ||instrumentalist, organ|
|Victor||CVE-39161||12-in.||9/7/1927||L'keil erech din||Josef Rosenblatt||Tenor vocal solo, with organ||instrumentalist, organ|
|Victor||BVE-43774||10-in.||5/8/1928||A brief tsum Liader rebben||Rosella Soffian||Female vocal solo, with piano||arranger|
|Victor||CVE-55070||12-in.||7/2/1929||T'ka b'shofar||Zavel Kwartin||Tenor vocal solo, with organ||instrumentalist, organ|
|Victor||CVE-55071||12-in.||7/2/1929||Jehi rozon||Zavel Kwartin||Tenor vocal solo, with organ||instrumentalist, organ|
|Victor||CVE-55072||12-in.||7/2/1929||Hallujo||Zavel Kwartin||Tenor vocal solo, with organ||instrumentalist, organ|
|Victor||CVE-55093||12-in.||7/15/1929||L'chu n'rannenu||Leib Glanz||Male vocal solo, with pipe organ||instrumentalist, organ|
|Victor||CVE-55094||12-in.||7/15/1929||Kol Adonoj||Leib Glanz||Male vocal solo, with organ||instrumentalist, organ|
|Victor||BVE-57035||10-in.||10/29/1929||Ihr kent sich forshteln||Satz Folk Theatre Orchestra ; Ludwig Satz||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||director|
|Victor||BVE-57036||10-in.||10/29/1929||A chasina of probe||Satz Folk Theatre Orchestra||Orchestra||director, composer|
|Victor||BVE-57037||10-in.||10/29/1929||Oi gite waibele||Fanny Lubritsky ; Satz Folk Theatre Orchestra ; Ludwig Satz||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||director|
|Victor||BVE-57038||10-in.||10/29/1929||His wife's lover : Selections||Satz Folk Theatre Orchestra||Orchestra||composer, director|
|Victor||BVE-58345||10-in.||12/31/1929||Biri biri bom||Ludwig Satz||Male vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble||composer, director|
|Victor||BVE-58346||10-in.||12/31/1929||As der rebi will||Ludwig Satz||Male vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble||director|
|Victor||BVE-59200||10-in.||3/4/1930||A korben fin liebe||Josef Shoengold||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer, director|
|Victor||BVE-59501||10-in.||3/4/1930||Narishe tates||Josef Shoengold||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, piano, composer, director|
|Victor||BVE-59502||10-in.||3/4/1930||Shluf lied||Max Wilner||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||director, composer|
|Victor||BVE-59503||10-in.||3/4/1930||Licht benchen||Max Wilner||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||director|
|Victor||BS-041339||10-in.||9/27/1939||Red head||Leon Stenier Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||composer, leader|
|Victor||BS-041340||10-in.||9/27/1939||Let's try a jumpka||Leon Stenier Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||composer, leader|
|Victor||BS-041341||10-in.||9/27/1939||Don't tease me||Leon Stenier Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||composer, leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ellstein, Abraham," accessed May 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103813.
Ellstein, Abraham. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103813.
"Ellstein, Abraham." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 May 2021.
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