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Jacob Gordin

Jacob Michailovitch Gordin (Yiddish: יעקב מיכאַילאָװיטש גאָרדין; May 1, 1853 – June 11, 1909) was a Russian-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 May 1, 1853 (Myrhorod), Died June 11, 1909 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1925

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

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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 May 19, 2024,

Gordin, Jacob. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 19, 2024, from

"Gordin, Jacob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 May 2024.

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