Frau Pepi Littmann

Pepi Litman (born Pesha Kahane; 1874? –- 13 September 1930) was a cross-dressing female Yiddish vaudeville singer associated with the Broderzinger movement. Litman led a popular traveling theater troupe around Europe, performing highly satirical songs while costumed as a male Khosid. Because she frequently performed costumed as a young boy or as a male dandy, she is considered a proto-Drag King performer. Pepi Litman made numerous 78rpm recordings which capture her energetic and virtuosic singing style, and which also stand as a document of Jewish life in Eastern Europe.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1874, Died September 13th, 1930

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1909

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 3688 10-in. ca. Jan.-Aug. 1907 Die welt ist meschige Frau Pepi Littmann Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 3689 10-in. ca. Jan.-Aug. 1907 Schulem eleichem Frau Pepi Littmann Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 3703 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1907 Amojze in gewaschen Frau Pepi Littmann Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 3776 10-in. ca. 1907-Feb. 1908 Die akure Frau Pepi Littmann Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Gramophone 4682'r 10-in. 1908 Heilige hawdule Frau Pepi Littmann Female vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist, contralto  
Gramophone 4684r 10-in. 1908 Harbe schale Frau Pepi Littmann Female vocal solo, with violin accompaniment vocalist, contralto  
Gramophone 5797r 10-in. 1909 Geht in sehul jeden Schabbes Frau Pepi Littmann Female vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist, contralto  
Gramophone 5798r 10-in. 1909 In a simmer tag a heissen Frau Pepi Littmann Female vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist, contralto  
Gramophone 5801r 10-in. 1909 Giter brüder nit gechapt Frau Pepi Littmann Female vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist, contralto  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Littmann, Pepi, Frau," accessed June 12, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115155.

Littmann, Pepi, Frau. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 12, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115155.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115155

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