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Yiddish Research: Music Books

Yiddish research guide covering general resources, article and books, folklore, genealogy, linguistics, literature, music and dance, oral history, theater, film, radio, translation and student resources.

Music Books


Mlotek, Chana and Joseph.  The Yosl and Chana Mlotek Yiddish Song Collection at the Workers' Circle.

This website incorporates musical notation for 400 songs (from the anthologies below) and video recordings of the songs.

Mir Trogn a Gezang! 4th edition. New York: Workmen's Circle, 2000.
Songs of Generations. New York: Workmen's Circle, 1997.
Pearls of Yiddish Song. New York: Workmen's Circle, 1988.

These classic anthologies of Yiddish song are a must for anyone interested in Yiddish song. The songs are arranged thematically, covering a wide range of genres and moods. The song lyrics are in Yiddish and YIVO-standard transliteration, with English translation.


Pearls of Yiddish PoetryJersey City: KTAV Publishing, 2010. By Joseph and Chana Mlotek, ed. Mark Mlotek, translated by Barnett Zumoff.:
Based on the column "Perl fun der yidisher poezye" in the Forverts and the resulting Yiddish book, Perl fun der yidisher poezye. Each article includes an author biography and text(s) in the original Yiddish and in English translation. 


The New York times great songs of the Yiddish theater . Arr. for voice, piano, and guitar; lyrics transliterated [and music editing by Zalmen Mlotek]; selected by Norman H. Warembud; foreword by Molly Picon. New York : Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co., 1975. 

Collection of many classic Yiddish theater songs, rendered in standard transliteration from the original sheet music.


Wood, Abigail. Index of Yiddish songbooks published ca. 1900-2002.  

Appendix detailing collections of Yiddish songs published between 1900 and the present day, based principally on a survey in 2001 of the holdings of the New York Public Library, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, supplemented by material found in UK collections.


Vinkovetsky, A. et al. Anthology of Yiddish Folk Songs. Jerusalem: Magnes Press,
1983 - . 6 volumes. In Yiddish, Hebrew and English, with songs divided thematically, including volumes devoted to individual authors Mordecai Gebirtig, Mark Warshawsky and Itzik Manger.