S. Mogulesco

Sigmund Mogulesko (16 December 1858 – 4 February 1914) — Yiddish: זעליק מאָגולעסקאָ Zelik Mogulesko, first name also sometimes spelled as Zigmund, Siegmund, Zelig, or Selig, last name sometimes spelled Mogulescu — was a singer, actor, and composer in the Yiddish theater in New York City. He was born in Kalarash, Bessarabia (now Călăraşi in Moldova) and began singing in the local synagogue choir. Before reaching adolescence, he was paid nearly three times what teachers made, to sing in the synagogue of Chişinău. Soon after moving to Bucharest, Romania, he was paid to sing in churches as well as synagogues, and started acting.

He was a star in Abraham Goldfaden's first Bucharest-based theater troupe — and the playwright wrote the title role of Shmendrik for him. Mogulesko soon founded his own troupe and dominated Yiddish theatre in Romania for a decade. After immigrating to the United States, he eventually founded the Rumanian Opera House on New York City's Lower East Side, one of the great venues of Yiddish theater. The Jewish Encyclopedia described him in 1904 as "the best comedian on the Yiddish stage… He is known also as a leading composer of music for the Yiddish stage."

Birth and Death Data: Born December 16th, 1858 (Bessarabia), Died February 4th, 1914 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1925

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]931 7-in. 9/5/1901 Min hamelzar von blimele Frank Seiden Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]931 10-in. 9/5/1901 Min hamelzar von blimele Frank Seiden Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3533 10-in. 9/5/1901 Min Hamezar von Blimele Frank Seiden Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor B-1392 10-in. 6/2/1904 Min hameizar von blimele Frank Seiden Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor A-1392 7-in. 6/2/1904 Min hameizar von blimele Frank Seiden Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor B-1577 10-in. 7/8/1904 Die fier Makablim Goldin Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Victor A-1577 7-in. 7/8/1904 Die fier Makablim Goldin Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Victor B-6626 10-in. 11/30/1908 Wart a kappale Solomon Smulewitz Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9094 10-in. 6/15/1910 Dos Yiddish herz Frances Simonoff Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9135 10-in. 6/24/1910 Oi, is dos a mame Solomon Small Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-9139 10-in. 6/27/1910 Besezens fod die emigranted Solomon Small Male vocal solo, with "Jewish orchestra" composer  
Victor B-20132 10-in. 6/19/1917 Telebende furt kein Palestine Telebende Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-32085 10-in. 3/11/1925 Min ametzar Mordechai Hershman Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 1798 10-in. ca. 1904-1908 Schulem eleichem Frank Seiden Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1963 10-in. ca. 1904 Auf jener seit Solomon Smulewitz Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 1967 10-in. ca. 1904 Wajsoso Solomon Smulewitz Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 3233 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1905 Auf jener seit Goldin Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 44367 10-in. September 1916 Dos yoseml (דאָס יתומל) Simon Paskal Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 44454 10-in. approximately August 1916 Hoylekh vedor bo (דור הולך ודור בא) 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 composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mogulesco, S.," accessed June 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116681.

Mogulesco, S.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116681.

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