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Abraham Goldfaden

Abraham Goldfaden (born Avrum Goldnfoden; 24 July 1840 – 9 January 1908) was a Russian-born Jewish poet, playwright, stage director and actor in the languages Yiddish and Hebrew, author of some 40 plays. Goldfaden is considered the father of modern Jewish theatre.

In 1876 he founded in Romania what is generally credited as the world's first professional Yiddish-language theater troupe. He was also responsible for the first Hebrew-language play performed in the United States. The Avram Goldfaden Festival of Iaşi, Romania, is named and held in his honour.

Jacob Sternberg called him "the Prince Charming who woke up the lethargic Romanian Jewish culture." Israil Bercovici wrote of his works: "we find points in common with what we now call 'total theater'. In many of his plays he alternates prose and verse, pantomime and dance, moments of acrobatics and some of jonglerie, and even of spiritualism..."

Birth and Death Data: Born July 24th, 1840 (Starokostiantyniv), Died New York City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 46 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]928 7-in. 9/5/1901 Rosinkes und Mandlen Frank Seiden Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]929 7-in. 9/5/1901 Das pastuchil von Blimele Frank Seiden Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]929 10-in. 9/5/1901 Das pastuchil von Blimele Frank Seiden Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3530 10-in. 9/5/1901 Roseinkes und Mandlen Frank Seiden Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3531 10-in. 9/5/1901 Das Pastuchil Frank Seiden Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor A-1394 7-in. 6/2/1904 Das Pastuchil von Blimele Frank Seiden Male vocal solo composer  
Victor B-1394 10-in. 6/2/1904 Das Pastuchil von Blimele Frank Seiden Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor B-6627 10-in. 11/30/1908 Dus fertriebene teibele Solomon Smulewitz Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-9085 10-in. 6/14/1910 Dus Fertriebene Teible Frances Simonoff Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-17853 10-in. 6/15/1916 Dus fertriebene Teibele Regina Zuckerberg Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-18223 10-in. 7/26/1916 Un a kind Jacob Silbert Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor C-29781 12-in. 4/9/1924 Shoifer shel moshiach Josef Rosenblatt Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-30059 10-in. 5/9/1924 Shoifer shel Moshiach Josef Rosenblatt Tenor vocal solo, with violin and orchestra composer  
Victor B-31261 10-in. 12/5/1924 Shabes, jontef in rischoidesch Bertha Kalich Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-31352 10-in. 11/25/1924 Rosinkes und mandlen Shloimele Rothstein Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Columbia 1637 10-in. ca. 1903-Feb. 1904 Elieser's kinderlech con Akedas Izchok Frank Seiden Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 43641 10-in. either 1915 or 1916 Shoifer shel Moshiach (שופר של משיח) Josef Rosenblatt Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 43677 10-in. approximately 1916 Rozhinkes mit mandlen (ראָזינקעס מיט מאַנדלען) Jeanne Feinberg [i.e., Jeanne Alfred] Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 44367 10-in. September 1916 Dos yoseml (דאָס יתומל) Simon Paskal Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 44369 10-in. approximately July 1916 Babkelach Abraham Goldfaden ; Simon Paskal Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 44371 10-in. approximately July 1916 Der katzew Simon Paskal Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 44457 10-in. approximately August 1916 Di shvue (די שבועה) Morris Mischeloff Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 44589 10-in. approximately September 1916 Dos yoseml (ראס יתוםיל) Joseph Feldman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 44664 10-in. approximately October 1916 Die neshomeh fun isroel Jacob Silbert Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 44774 10-in. approximately November 1916 A Yid bistu, gey vayter gey (אַ איד ביזטו, געה ווייטער געה) Joseph Feldman Male vocal solo, with violin and piano composer  
(Results 1-25 of 46 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Goldfaden, Abraham," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105774.

Goldfaden, Abraham. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105774.

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