DER REBI ALIMELACH

Jt) Isaac Moishe Nadir

Published by New York; Metro Music Co., 1927
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Original wraps. 4to. 6 pages. 31 cm. First edition. Der Rebi Alimelach: humorous folk song. Melody by M. Nadir. Arranged for voice and piano by A. S. Ellstein. Yiddish (romanized) words. "Copyright 1927 by Jos. P. Katz; copyright assigned 1927 to Henry Lefkowitch. " Der Rebbe Elimelech is a famous Yiddish song written by Moshe Nadir and loosely based on the English traditional song Old King Cole. Moishe Nadir (pseudonym of Isaac Reis; 1885–1943) , "Yiddish poet and humorist. Born in eastern Galicia, Nadir emigrated to New York at the age of 13 and at 16 began to write lyrics in which he emphasized the hardships of the immigrant generation. His later lyrics were more skeptical and often bitingly satirical. In addition to poetry, Nadir published feuilletons, essays, short stories, plays, and criticism in dozens of different Yiddish periodicals and anthologies, as well as dozens of his own books. He coedited the humorous biweekly Der Yidisher Gazlen and was a frequent contributor to Der Groyser Kundes, the most widely read Yiddish humorous periodical of his time. He participated in the literary projects of Di Yunge and aroused interest with his volume of erotic lyrics Vilde Royzn ("Wild Roses, " 1915) . His popular poem "Rivington Strit" ("Rivington Street, " 1936) , published with the illustrations of Yosl Cutler and William Gropper, was transformed into a performance piece. Active in communist circles, he was hailed by adoring Jewish crowds during a 1926 visit to the Soviet Union, and in his articles in the communist Jewish daily, Frayhayt (1922–39) , he attacked opponents of the Communist Party line. However, severe disillusionment came with the Stalin-Hitler pact of 1939, and his collection of poetry Moyde Ani ("I Confess") , written in 1941 and published posthumously in 1944, includes an autobiographical section in which he repudiated his former beliefs (English transl. In I. Howe and E. Greenberg, A Treasury of Yiddish Stories, 1953) . Subjects: Songs, Yiddish. OCLC lists 5 copies. Light wear to wraps, bumped edges, otherwise clean. Good condition. (MUSIC-3-39). Bookseller Inventory # 33282

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Title: DER REBI ALIMELACH

Publisher: New York; Metro Music Co.

Publication Date: 1927

Edition: 1st Edition

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