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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.

Finding Yiddish Music in NYPL's Catalog

Browse by subject headings in the Research Catalog:


Browse by historical call number in the Legacy Catalog 

  • **P (Sheet Music) for Yiddish sheet music in the Dorot Jewish Division: 
  • **P (Thomashefsky Collection) for Yiddish music manuscripts from Boris Thomashefsky's repertoire (these contain parts for several instruments and were used for musical theater productions)
  • *PVO for Jewish songbooks in all languages 


Search the "author" field for the names of composers, lyricists, and performers.


Use these search terms in the "all fields" search box:

  • SATB
  • Choir
  • Hora
  • Sher
  • Yiddish art songs
  • Yiddish theater songs


Additional Search Tips

  • The term "klezmer" is used by contemporary authors to describe Yiddish instrumental music, but it's generally not used as a search term for primary sources/ historical works in the collection. 
  • If the item you need was published in the U.S. before 1923, check the digital sources listed in this guide to find an online version.
  • Spelling varies. Try searching in the Hebrew alphabet. If you don't have a Hebrew keyboard, use an online one.
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