Jacob Michailovitch Gordin (1 May 1853 – 11 June 1909) was a Russian-born American playwright active in the early years of Yiddish theater. He is known for introducing realism and naturalism into Yiddish theater.
The Cambridge History of English and American Literature characterizes him as "the acknowledged reformer of the Yiddish stage." At the time of his rise, professional Yiddish theater was still dominated by the spirit of the early (1886–1888) plays of its founder, Abraham Goldfaden, which derived in no small measure from Purim plays, often spectacles more than dramas; Goldfaden's later works were generally operettas on more serious subjects, perhaps edifying, but not naturalistic. Again quoting the Cambridge History, after his 1892 arrival in New York City, "Gordin took the Yiddish drama in America from the realm of the preposterous and put a living soul into it," bringing it up to the level of "realistic melodrama."
Birth and Death Data: Born 1853 (Myrhorod), Died 1909 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1925
Roles Represented in DAHR: author
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-21868||10-in.||5/29/1918||Goimel benschen||Rubin Goldberg||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-29501||10-in.||2/12/1924||Der prisoner||Le'on Blanḳ||Monologue, unaccompanied||author|
|Victor||B-31262||10-in.||12/5/1924||Matouschka goloubouschka||Bertha Kalich||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Columbia||58156||10-in.||approximately March 1917||Khatskl drakhme (חאַצקעל דראַכמע)||Leon Blanc||Recitation||author|
|Columbia||58206||10-in.||approximately April 1917||Uhn a pass||Samuel Kornzweig||Recitation||author|
|Columbia||58461||10-in.||approximately August 1917||Ledovid mizmoyr (לדוד מומור)||Kalman Juvelier||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano||author|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gordin, Jacob," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105163.
Gordin, Jacob. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105163.
"Gordin, Jacob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.
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