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Yiddish Research: Sheet Music

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.

Online Collections

Yiddish American Popular Sheet Music (Library of Congress)

The largest online collection of its kind, with 1, 340 pieces of mostly Yiddish American sheet music from before 1923.


Yiddish Sheet Music, Brown University
Online collection of about 800 pieces from Brown University. Search in transliteration; browse by creator (lyricist/composer/singer), title, or cover art.


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

This database incorporates musical notation for 400 songs and video recordings of the songs. The original print books are: 

Mir Trogn a Gezang! 4th edition. New York: Workmen's Circle, 2000.

Mir zaynen do=We are here! Songs of the Holocaust. New York: Workmen's Circle, 1983.
Songs of Generations. New York: Workmen's Circle, 1997.
Pearls of Yiddish Song. New York: Workmen's Circle, 1988.

Yontevdike teg: lider far di yidishe yontoyvim. Jewish Education Press, 1972.

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.


Digital Sheet Music, Florida Atlantic University

About 300 pieces of Yiddish American sheet music; browse by various access points.

Print Collections

New York Public Library

Print collection of 940 pieces. Search the catalog by lyricist, composer, or title. Most pieces are in the Dorot Jewish Division -  browse by searching the call number **P (Sheet Music) - or in the Performing Arts LibraryContact staff to request use in person and/or to purchase scans.

Record Group 112, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Massive print collection of Yiddish and Jewish sheet music. Search the online finding aid and contact YIVO for more information.



Heskes, Irene. Yiddish American Popular Songs, 1895-1950 [available online]. Washington: Library of Congress, 1992.
This is a bibliography of Yiddish sheet music deposited for copyright purposes at the Library of Congress is listed here, with description and details. An essential source for finding American Yiddish songs.


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.


Peppler, Jane. Yiddish songs from Warsaw 1920-1934 : the Itzik Zhelonek collection. Chapel Hill, NC : Skylark Productions, [2014].

Annotated this collection of transcribed song scores for Yiddish theater hits (including kleynkunst repertoire) of 1933-1934, originally published by book and record-store owner Itzik Zhelonek of Warsaw, Poland. 

--Itzik Zhelonek Working Files. Chapel Hill, SC: 2014.

Companion volume to Yiddish Songs from Warsaw 1920-1934: the Itzik Zhelonek collection. It contains fascimiles from Zhelonek's original publication.


-אַמעריקאַנער ייִדישע ניקל־לידער פֿון מאָריס רונד און אַנדערע

--American Yiddish penny songs by Morris Rund and others = Ameriḳaner Yidisher niḳl-lider fun Morris Rund un andere : the Hebrew Union College collection of Yiddish broadsides, 1895-1925. [Charleston, SC, 2015. Compilation of fascimile broadsides for popular American Yiddish songs. Includes lyrics only.

ייִדישע לידער פֿון דער גאַזלאָמפ תקופֿה: זעט דאָ נאָטן פֿאַר די ניקל־לידער וואָס פּעדלערס האָבן זיי פֿאַרקויפֿט אויף דער איסט סײַד פֿון אַמאָל

--Yiddish songs of the gaslight era : a sampling of sheet music for broadsides sold by peddlers on the Lower East Side = Yidishe lider fun der gazlamp-teḳufe : zet do noṭn far di niḳl-lider ṿos pedlers hobn zey farḳoyfṭ oyf der Ist-Sayd fun amol. Chapel Hill, NC: 2016.

Notated music for popular  American Yiddish songs, including fascimiles and transcribed scores, with transliterated and translated lyrics. The set includes two volumes.


Slobin, Mark. Tenement songs : the popular music of the Jewish immigrants. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1982.

Classic ethnomusicological study of Yiddish sheet music.