Moshe Milner

Mikhail "Moshe" Arnoldovich Milner (Мильнер, Михаил "Моше" Арнольдович; Rokitno Basilovsky, Kiev Governorate 1886-Leningrad, 1953) was a Russian Jewish pianist and composer. He is notable as composer, and conductor, of the first Yiddish opera in post-revolution Russia "Die Himlen brenen" ("The Heavens Burn") in 1923.

He sang in the choir of the Brodsky Choral Synagogue in Kiev, then attended the Kiev Conservatory. He studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory from 1907 till 1915. While in St Petersburg Milner began to compose Yiddish songs for Susman Kiselgof (Зусман Кисельгоф)'s Society for Jewish Folk Music (Общество еврейской народной музыки). He also wrote incidental music for Jewish theaters. He provided music for the Habima Theater and State Jewish Theater, Moscow (GOSET) (Государственный еврейский театр (ГОСЕТ)), and the Leningrad choir Evokans (Евоканс).

Birth and Death Data: Born 1886

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-26754 12-in. 9/5/1922 In cheder'l Mordechai Hershman Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Milner, Moshe," accessed October 23, 2020,

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"Milner, Moshe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 23 October 2020.

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