Abraham Ellstein

Composer

1907 – 1963

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Who was Abraham Ellstein?

Abraham "Abe" Ellstein was an American composer for Yiddish entertainments. Along with Shalom Secunda, Joseph Rumshinsky, and Alexander Olshanetsky, Ellstein was one of the "big four" composers of his era in New York City's Yiddish Theater District scene. His musical Yidl Mitn Fidl became one of the greatest hits of Yiddish-language cinema.

Ellstein's only opera, The Golem, had its world premiere at the New York City Opera under the baton of music director Julius Rudel on March 23, 1962. The libretto was created by the composer and his wife, Sylvia Regan, based on the mythical Golem tale of the Central European Jews.

He was born on the Lower East Side, Manhattan, at that time an Eastern European Jewish immigrant area.

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Born
Jul 7, 1907
New York City
Also known as
  • Abe Ellstein
Spouses
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Juilliard School
Died
Mar 22, 1963
New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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