Penn Library

Hidden in Plain Sight:
Musical Treasures in the Penn Library

Curated by Marjorie Hassen

Otto E. Albrecht Music Library
University of Pennsylvania

Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Music Archive

The Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Music Archive contains more than 2,200 recordings and over 200 printed music titles, primarily in Yiddish and Hebrew. The collection covers folk and art songs, theater, comedy, and klezmer music, published in Eastern and Central Europe, Israel, Argentina, and the United States over the course of the 20th century.

Abraham (Avrom) Goldfaden, 1840-1908
New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1911
In: Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Music Archive

Avrom Goldfaden, known as the Father of the Yiddish Theatre, was born in Volhynia, Russia and emigrated to the United States, settling in New York, in 1903. He is best known for his 1879 work Shulamither oder Bas Yesrushalayim (Shulamith, the Daughter of Jerusalem), a romance set in Jerusalem during the Second Jewish Commonwealth.

Table of Contents
Manuscript Collections:
Manuscript Collections:
Sheet Music
Conducting Scores
Music Manuscripts:
15th-18th Centuries
Music Manuscripts:
19th & 20th Centuries
Landmarks of Music Theory

E. Shashina
Aleyn in Veg
New York: Jos. P. Katz, 1915
In: Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Music Archive

The text for Aleyn in Veg (Alone on the Road) was written by the nineteenth-century Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov and later translated into Yiddish by Avrom Reisen. Published in New York, the voice and piano arrangement exhibited here was sold in Philadelphia, as indicated by the stamp on the cover of the song.

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