Arnold Perlmutter (1859–1953) was a composer for Yiddish theatre, born in Zlotshev, Galitsia. He moved to Lemburg where he received both a religious and a secular education in Polish, Ukrainian, and German. He sang with then-famous hazzan Borekh Shor's chorus until his voice changed, then became a klezmer, playing bass and then violin and directing and composing for the Harmonia orchestra, which in 1889 was taken into I. B. Gimpel's Yiddish theater in Lemburg; he wrote the music for the operetta Rabbi Akiva and his students. and Der Spanisher Tsigayner (The Spanish Gypsy).
In 1891 Abraham Goldfaden came to Lemburg to stage his Meshiakh tsaytn (Messiah times) and Dos tsente gebot (The Tenth Commandment); Perlmutter orchestrated and reworked Goldfaden's collected musical numbers and composed new ones for his productions. He then toured with the Treytler and Yuvelir troupes throughout Galitsia, Romania (1893-1895) and Russia (1899). From Chernovitz, Bukovina, in 1900 Professor Moyshe Horvitz (Hurwitz) took the whole troup to America.
Perlmutter met his longtime collaborator Herman Wohl in New York's Windsor Theater and they wrote for dozens of Hurwitz's operettas as well as Di almoneh (The widow) and A mentsh zol men zayn (One should be a righteous person) by Anshel Shor. In 1906 Perlmutter and Wohl composed the music for a romantic drama in English, The Shepherd King; in 1909, Boris Thomashefsky's Dos Pintele Yid and Di sheyne Amerikanerin; and for scores of other historical operettas of the Second Avenue Yiddish Theater District theaters through the early years of the twentieth century.
After the partnership dissolved Perlmutter worked alone, composing for Maurice Schwartz's production in 1920 of I. L. Peretz's Di goldene keyt (The golden chain). In 1922 he contracted with the Lennox Theater in the Bronx (directors Nathan Goldberg and Jacob Jacobs). He wrote the music for dozens of productions until he retired from theater in 1930.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1859
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1924
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, leader
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 63 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-6628||10-in.||11/30/1908||Yhi oir||Solomon Smulewitz||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-6629||10-in.||11/30/1908||A mensch sol mein sein||Solomon Smulewitz||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-6635||10-in.||12/2/1908||Schemen megt ihr sich||Solomon Small||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-6638||10-in.||12/2/1908||Dos Yiddische hertz||Solomon Smulewitz||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||C-9087||12-in.||6/14/1910||Das pintele Yid||Frances Simonoff||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-9129||10-in.||6/23/1910||Shtoist Zich On||Solomon Small||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-12919||10-in.||2/18/1913||Die Yidishe kroin||Kalman Juvelier||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-12925||10-in.||2/18/1913||Dus shaifele||Kalman Juvelier||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-12926||10-in.||2/18/1913||Dus lebedige Yisoimele||Kalman Juvelier||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-12927||10-in.||2/18/1913||Schuldig bist du, Yidele alein||Kalman Juvelier||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-15988||10-in.||5/4/1915||Dem pastechels cholem||Jakov M. Medvedieff||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-17402||10-in.||3/30/1916||Leben sol Columbus!||Abraham Rosenstein||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-17854||10-in.||6/15/1916||Yisrolik in sein Eigenland||Regina Zuckerberg||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-17859||10-in.||6/15/1916||Dus shaifele||Regina Zuckerberg||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-17860||10-in.||6/15/1916||Gebet for der Chypy||Regina Zuckerberg||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-17868||10-in.||6/16/1916||Es is gewehn a meidel||Regina Zuckerberg||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-17869||10-in.||6/16/1916||A shtikele glick||Regina Zuckerberg||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-17870||10-in.||6/16/1916||Ich seh schon wie es wert fehlech||Regina Zuckerberg||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-17871||10-in.||6/16/1916||Das wiegele||Regina Zuckerberg||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-19074||10-in.||2/13/1917||Shenk mir mein mame||Nahen Rosenshak [i.e., Naum Coster]||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-19490||10-in.||4/17/1917||Menschheit erwach||William Schwartz||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-19491||10-in.||4/17/1917||Sheloi osany yishe||William Schwartz||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-20134||10-in.||6/19/1917||Moisha Kapoir||Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-20146||10-in.||6/21/1917||Hello New York||Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||Composer|
|Victor||B-20147||10-in.||6/21/1917||A gris fin America||Anna Hoffman ; Jacob Jacobs||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||Composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Perlmutter, Arnold," accessed September 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107299.
Perlmutter, Arnold. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107299.
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