Aaron Lebedeff: "A yiddish maidel darf a yiddischen boy"




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Published on Sep 13, 2007

yiddish song. Images FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.
"Aaron Lebedeff - the Maurice Chevalier of the Yiddish stage - was one of the top song-and-dance men of the Yiddish theater. He was born in White Russia and moved to New York in 1920. A star of the Second Avenue theater district for 16 straight seasons, his exuberant delivery of this sort of material is considered to be without peer. Ever adorned in a straw hat and impeccably tailored clothing, the dapper Lebedeff had a youthful appearance that lasted well into his 60s. He penned many of his own songs both in English and Yiddish. His Yiddish lyrics were so idiomatic that one reviewer said they "virtually defied translation. . . with a humor that is difficult to render into English.""

"Aaron Lebedeff scored an immediate personal success at Boris Tomashefskys National Theatre after he arrived in NYC in 1920. Born in White Russia, he learned his craft in a local choir, a traveling Russian theater troupe, and Yiddish theatrical troupes. Lebedeff wrote many of his Yiddish and English lyrics himself. All of the songs breathe nostalgia and are evocative of the Russian-Romanian milieu and the immigrant world in New York."

"Title: A Yidish Meydl Darf A Yidishn Boy -- אַ ייִדיש מײדל דאַרף אַ ייַדישן בױ
Author: Jacobs, Jacob -- זשאַקאָבס, זשאַקאָב
Composer: Olshanetsky, Alexander -- אָלשאַנעצקי, אַלעקסאַנדער
Genre: TheaterInstructional
Subject: Advice/Intermarriage/

On album: L-002(c) (Aaron Lebedeff Sings Fifteen Favorites of .. Yiddish Theatre)
Vocal Lebedeff, Aaron -- לעבעדאָװ, אהרן
First line: Meydele, du sheyns, vart oys ayn oygnblik, her nor vos...
First line (Yiddish):מײדעלע, דו שײנס, װאַרט אױס איין אױגנבליק, הער נאָר װאָס איך...
Language: Yiddish"

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