Leo Low

Leo Low (born Moshe Leib Liow; 15 January 1878, Wolkowysk, Grodno Governorate – 5 October 1960, New York City) was Jewish choral conductor, composer, arranger, teacher and lecturer. He was one of the first to collect, arrange, and popularize Yiddish and Hebrew folk and art songs, popularizing songs such as A Dudele by Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev.

Low was born 1878 in Wolkowysk, Russia, and the Eastern European element is always apparent in his work. At the age of twelve, he led synagogue prayers for the first time. Three years later he was acting as choirmaster.

He worked as Choir conductor at the Great Synagogue in Vilna (1902–1905), Bucharest Reform Temple (1905–1908), Tłomackie Synagogue in Warsaw (1908–1920), Hazomir and Grosser Club choruses in Warsaw, choruses of the Jewish National Workers' Alliance and Workmen's Circle in New York.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 15th, 1878 (Vaŭkavysk), Died October 5th, 1960

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, arranger, composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-26849 12-in. 8/30/1922 A dudele Mordechai Hershman Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Victor BVE-57510 10-in. 10/30/1929 Ahin-ahin Nationaler Arbeiter Verband Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with piano director  
Victor BVE-57511 10-in. 10/30/1929 Purim lied Nationaler Arbeiter Verband Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with piano director  
Victor BVE-57512 10-in. 10/30/1929 Wi asoi lebt a Kaiser Nationaler Arbeiter Verband Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with piano director  
Victor BVE-57513 10-in. 10/30/1929 Ale far eins Nationaler Arbeiter Verband Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with piano director  
Victor [Trial 1927-12-16-01] 12-in. 1/16/1928 Dudele Rosella Soffian Female vocal solo arranger  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Low, Leo," accessed August 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116939.

Low, Leo. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116939.

"Low, Leo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116939

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