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Yiddish and Hebrew Song in the Weimar Republic

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Center for Jewish History (map)
15 W. 16th St.
New York, NY 10011
In person & online
General: $15

Join YIVO and LBI for a concert exploring Yiddish and Hebrew songs of the Weimar Republic.The Weimar Republic era contained a hotbed of Jewish musical activity. Following World War I, there was a spike of curiosity about Eastern European Jewry and Yiddish, which inspired many German-Jewish composers—from Cantor Leon Kornitzer to avant garde composer Stefan Wolpe—to explore Yiddish folksong in their music. At the same time, Berlin and Vienna acted as important publishing centers for the Jibneh Edition. In addition to featuring music of some German-Jewish composers such as Aron M. Rothmüller and Israel Brandmann, Jibneh Edition disseminated music of composers born in the Russian Empire associated with the Society for Jewish Folk Music such as Joel Engel, Joseph Achron, Michael Gnessin, and Alexander Krein, as well as the great Yiddish song composer Lazar Weiner writing in America. This rich musical activity bridged communities active in the East and West and reflected the linguistically and ideologically diverse aspirations of Jewish composers of its time.


In Person: Admission: $15
YIVO members & students: $10

Zoom Livestream: Admission: Free
Registration is required.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

This event is part of Carnegie Hall’s Fall of the Weimar Republic: Dancing on the Precipice festival.