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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Reb Yidl, gib gelt! (Mr. Jew, give money!) - a song for exhorting the synagogue congregation to pay up.

The sheet music for this song (spelled "Reb Yudel gib gelt") came out in 1905 and as you see, the song was sung with great success by Rosa Klug at the Peoples' Music Hall. Music J. Davidoff, words A. Mesco [now I know he was Adam Mesco], arranged by Joseph Rumshinsky.

The National Library of Israel has a 78 of Pepi and Moritz Weinberg singing this song, but of course, you can't listen to it unless you fly to Jerusalem.

There are two slightly different verses on the sheet music.

Click below to hear the song as I recorded it today:










For sheet music and/or performances contact me: jane@mappamundi.com

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3 Comments:

Blogger Unknown said...

a beautiful example of a yiddisher huzpe: do you have any photo of Adam Mesco? ;)

June 1, 2016 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Jane Peppler said...

I didn't even know his name was Adam. Do YOU have a picture?

June 1, 2016 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Jane Peppler said...

And now, thanks to you, I just found one of my lost songs! I just figured out that Adam Mesco wrote the original words to a song which appears in the penny song collection as a parody, Der Amerikaner Seder.

June 1, 2016 at 1:58 PM  

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