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Peretz Hirschbein

Peretz Hirshbein (7 November 1880, Melnik, Kleszczele, Grodno Governorate – 16 August 1948, Los Angeles) was a Yiddish-language playwright, novelist, journalist, travel writer, and theater director. Because his work focused more on mood than plot, he became known as "the Yiddish Maeterlinck". His work as a playwright and through his own short-lived but influential troupe, laid much of the groundwork for the second golden age of Yiddish theater that began shortly after the end of World War I. The dialogue of his plays is consistently vivid, terse, and naturalistic. Unusually for a Yiddish playwright, most of his works have pastoral settings: he had grown up the son of a miller, and made several attempts at farming.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1880 (Gmina Kleszczele), Died 1948 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-25536 10-in. 8/29/1921 Yamen roishen William Robyn Male vocal solo, with harp and orchestra lyricist  


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