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Jewish Folksongs, Vol. 1

Jewish Folksongs, Vol. 1

Mark Olf (1905–1987) was a composer and singer of Yiddish and Hebrew songs. He emigrated from Russia to the U.S. with his family when he was in his early teens; he later recorded some of the songs he had heard as a child, toured the country performing, and taught music at the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side, Queens College (CUNY), and the University of Rhode Island. On this recording-–one of four he made for Folkways Records—he sings well-known Yiddish folk songs, accompanying himself on guitar. Yiddish, which incorporates German, Hebrew, and Slavic elements, was the primary secular language of the Jews in Eastern Europe. Liner notes provide English translations and the original Yiddish texts.

Track Listing

101
In an Orem Shtibele (In a Poor Little House) Mark Olf 2:39
102
Hob Ich A Por Oksen (I Have A Pair of Oxen) Mark Olf 1:44
103
Bulbe (Potatoes) Mark Olf 1:36
104
Der Rebbe Elimelech (The Rabbi Elimelech) Mark Olf 2:20
105
Oif'N Pripitchik (On the Oven) Mark Olf 3:04
106
Rozhenkes Mit Mandlen (Raisins and Almonds) Mark Olf 1:45
201
Dona Dona Mark Olf 2:53
202
Vei Vos Fun Main Mantle Iz Gevoren (Alas What Has Become of My Coat) Mark Olf 2:47
203
A Ganeyveh (A Robbery) Mark Olf 1:57
204
Mariyashe Mark Olf 2:51
205
Zlatke Mark Olf 1:54
206
Tumba Tumba Mark Olf 1:57

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