Abraham Ellstein


Abraham "Abe" Ellstein (Yiddish: אַבֿרהם "אײב" עלשטײן‎, Avrom Ellstein, July 7, 1907, New York City – March 22, 1963) was an US-American composer for Yiddish entertainments. Along with Shalom Secunda, Joseph Rumshinsky, and Alexander Olshanetsky, Ellstein was one of the "big four" composers of his era in New York City's Yiddish Theater District scene. His musical Yidl Mitn Fidl became one of the greatest hits of Yiddish-language cinema.

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 New York City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, piano, electric organ, director, organ, songwriter, arranger

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 53 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 director, composer  
Victor BVE-58345 10-in. 12/31/1929 Biri biri bom Ludwig Satz Male vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble director, composer  
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 director, composer  
Victor BVE-59501 10-in. 3/4/1930 Narishe tates Josef Shoengold Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
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-041374 10-in. 10/2/1939 Tif vi di nacht Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Molly Picon Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet composer, leader  
Victor BS-041375 10-in. 10/2/1939 In a yiddish shtetele Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Molly Picon Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet composer  
Victor BS-041377 10-in. 10/2/1939 Gram shtram Abe Ellstein Orchestra ; Molly Picon Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet composer  
(Results 1-25 of 53 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ellstein, Abraham," accessed October 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103813.

Ellstein, Abraham. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103813.

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