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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands$
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François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764739

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764739.001.0001

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Gimpel’s Theatre, Lwów

Gimpel’s Theatre, Lwów

The Sounds of a Popular Yiddish Theatre Preserved on Gramophone Records 1904‒1913

(p.125) Gimpel’s Theatre, Lwów
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32

Michael Aylward

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines how the music of the Yiddish theatre was preserved on gramophone records between 1904 and 1913. It describes how the gramophone brings to life the sounds and atmosphere of the popular Yiddish theatre in Galicia in the most vivid manner imaginable. It also talks about the record companies that focused on Gimpel's theatre in Lwów, such as Favorite, Beka, and the Gramophone Company that recorded about 800 titles of Yiddish theatre music. The chapter provides a very brief history of the theatre founded by Jakob Ber Gimpel and gives an overview of the recordings the theatre made in the decade preceding the First World War. It mentions the field recordings being made in rural Hungary by Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály.

Keywords:   Jakob Ber Gimpel, gramophone record, Galicia, Yiddish theatre music, First World War

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