Mordechai Gebirtig: His Poetic and Musical Legacy

Mordechai Gebirtig: His Poetic and Musical Legacy

by Gertrude Schneider, Mordecai Gebirtig
     
 

Mordechai Gebirtig was one of the most influential and popular writers of Yiddish songs and poems. Born in 1877, he became a prolific poet and song writer, using everything he saw, heard and knew about people. His legacy, therefore, is not only one of melodies and lyrics, but also a treatise on Jewish life in Poland under the benign neglect of the Austrians, the

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Mordechai Gebirtig was one of the most influential and popular writers of Yiddish songs and poems. Born in 1877, he became a prolific poet and song writer, using everything he saw, heard and knew about people. His legacy, therefore, is not only one of melodies and lyrics, but also a treatise on Jewish life in Poland under the benign neglect of the Austrians, the ever growing hostility of the Poles, and finally, the terror of the Germans, who destroyed the people, their culture, and, to a great measure, their memory. Schneider's book for the first time brings his work to an English-speaking audience, offering a collection of all of his major works, complete with the scores, transliterated Yiddish text, and English translation. Her book offers a rare insight into the world of Eastern European Jews, their culture, and their music.

Gebirtig's most famous song Es Brent—It's Burning—was written in response to a 1936 pogrom. It became a stirring hymn for the survivors of the Holocaust, who felt that the words suited their own situation very well. Gebirtig himself was shot in the Cracow Ghetto in June 1942. Neither he nor any of his close family survived the war. However, as this volume shows, his songs and poems remain an enduring voice for a Jewish community nearly lost to the Nazis. They constitute a precious legacy for anyone interested in the world of Eastern Europe Jews, their culture, and their music.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275966577
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1250L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Prologue1
Hannah8
The Wounded Soldier10
The Crow12
Four Soldiers14
The Life of Mordechai Gebirtig17
A Song, Precious as Gold40
An Angel Is Born42
Avremel, the Opportunist44
Abraham and Joseph46
To Be a Maid for the Wealthy48
Hannah and Nachum50
I Don't Want Such a Bridegroom52
The Singer of Woe54
The Fallen Woman56
The Doll58
The Mama60
The Night Floats Down64
The Sun Went Down66
The Old Couple68
The Song of the Golden Land70
Three Daughters72
Endekowna74
It Burns76
The Outery78
Hershale82
Hey, Musicians86
Hey, Little Gypsy88
Hey, Little Goats92
Have Pity94
Rejoice, Rejoice, Children96
Your Kitten Is Hungry98
Potato Soup with Mushrooms100
Sweep, Little Broom, Sweep102
Childhood Years104
Kivele106
Little Orphan108
Come, Leybke, Dance110
My Home112
My Father, a Cohen114
My Jubilee116
Moments of Confidence118
Motele120
Moyshele122
Moses, My Friend124
Another Glass of Tea126
Oh, Brother, To Life128
Oh, Mother of Mine130
Oh, My Friend132
Reisele134
It's Good136
Tick Tack138
Our Daughter Chaya140
Who Will Be the First to Laugh142
Little Jack144
A Hot Tear148
Send a Flood149
A Ray of Sunshine150
A ToA Day of Revenge151
Baylke152
Farewell, My Cracow153
The General Strike154
The Firt Leaves157
The First Seder Night158
The Seduced One160
The Fortune Teller162
The Soul164
The Last Word165
Eve of Yom Kippur166
The Night Will Soon Be Here168
I Had a Home169
Enough of Crying171
Tolling Bells172
Make Merry, Black Marketeers173
It's Been So Long174
In the Ghetto176
My Dream178
My Little Flute180
My Heart Is a Prophet182
My Heart Is Full of Fear183
Making Her Acquaintance184
Shifrele's Portrait185
It Hurts186
On Your Birthday189
To My Beloved190
To Sliches192
Two Worlds193
Our Spring194
Vacation195
Lullaby196
Transliteration Guide199
Epilogue201
List of Contributors to the Publication of the Gebirtig Project203
Bibliography205
Index207
About Those Who Worked on the Book209

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