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18-Apr-99 - 03:26 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Add: Vu Iz Dos Gesele
Subject: RE: Vu Iz Dus Gesele
From Irene Heskes, Yiddish American Popular Songs 1895 to 1950: A Catalog Based on the Lawrence Marwick Roster of Copyright Entries, Library of Congress, Washington, 1992. Entry #1934, p. 274.

Du bist mayn harts/hehrts, mayn glik and Vi iz dos geseleh from the Musical Mashe, oder Margarita
Ros. no. 10677
Copr. no. E637791; Mar. 1/May 15, 1926
Mus.: Samuel Secunda
Lyr.: Israel Rosenberg
Prop./pub.: Samuel Secunda; Hopkinson Theater
Piano and voice. Two songs: "You are my heart, my happiness" and "Where is the little street (where you live)" from "Mashe or Margarita (heroine's both names)." Libretto: Israel Rosenberg. Sheet music: sold as souvenir at the theater; cover design (unsigned), with photos of Rosenberg, Secunda, and perf. Lucy German and Misha German; cast roster (in Heb./Yid. char. and Eng.) and verses in Heb./Yid. char., all on back cover.

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So this comes from a 1926 opera by Samuel (Sholom) Secunda, who also wrote "Bei/Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn," later made famous by the Andrew sisters. The fact that it comes from a Yiddish opera should not disqualify it as folk music--many of the Yiddish songs that people think of as folksongs, such as "Rozhinkes mit Mandlen" (Raisins with Almonds) also come from similar operas.

Using a web search, I found recordings currently available of "Vi iz dos geseleh" by Jan Peerce and the Barry Sisters.

--Charlie Baum