Guide to the Papers of Abraham Moshe Bernstein (1866-1932)
1878-1937

RG 36

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Abraham Moshe Bernstein
Title: Papers of Abraham Moshe Bernstein
Dates:1878-1937
Abstract: Abraham Moshe Bernstein (1866, Shatzk, Byelorussia – 1932, Vilna, Poland), cantor, choir master, composer of Jewish liturgical and popular music, music teacher, musicologist and writer. Active in the S. Ansky Historical Ethnographic Society in Vilna where he headed its Music Department from the early 1920s until his death in 1932. Collector of Yiddish musical folklore and author of the Muzikalisher pinkes, an anthology of Yiddish folk musical creativity. The papers contain Bernstein’s manuscripts and published works.
Languages: The collection is in Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian.
Quantity: 4 linear feet
Identification: RG 36
Repository: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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Biographical Note

Sources and bibliography (abbreviations and full citation) follow the chronology

A.M. Bernstein: Chronology

1866 - Born July 21 (Tishah B’Av) in Shatzk, small town in the province of Minsk, western White Russia. Sixth child of moderately well-to-do parents, (BM, SH). (Other sources give Bernstein’s date of birth as 1865; however, his brother’s article is so detailed and knowledgeable about his early life, and my check on the Hebrew and civil calendars, have convinced me that 1866 is probably the correct date.

1870 - Sent to "kheyder" (elementary religious school) in town. He was so put upon by its autocratic teachers and the clamorous and wailing atmosphere that he became literally ill. (BM).

1871 - Allowed to study in the town "Bet Midrash" where he made remarkable strides. First began to show musical aptitudes in assisting his father, an amateur cantor, during services. (BM, SH).

1875 - Attends Yeshiva in Minsk. (BM).

1876 - Death of Bernstein’s mother to whom he was extremely devoted. Became an enthusiast of the cantor Yisroelke Minsker der Khazn, a “Baal Tefilah” who was known for his sweet hazanut and exemplary diction. Became a member of Yisroelke’s choir but was troubled by the taunts and “vulgar behavior” of his fellow choir members. (BM).

1879 - Enters the famous yeshiva in Mir, Poland. (BM).

1881 - Leaves yeshiva in Mir. Wanders from town to town in Poland. Great dissatisfaction with the prevailing lack of idealism, musicality, style and religious devotion in the hazanut circles he encounters. Extreme economic deprivation. Search for cantor to whom he could be apprenticed with confidence and dedication. (BM).

1884 - Arrives in Kovno, Russia. Befriends Cantor Raphael Yehudah Rabinowitch of the Kovno Khor-Shul with whom he undertakes intensive cantorial studies. Bernstein is convinced that he has found what he has been searching for. Rabinowitch has an enormous influence over him (BARA). Bernstein becomes member of his household. Does extensive reading in Yiddish, Hebrew, German and Russian literature (BM), and is made cantorial assistant and choir master to Rabinowitch (ST). Attends music school in Kovno and works with diligence to acquaint himself with general music history and music theory (LYT). Begins to compose in earnest – finishes songs Am Olam (text by Mordekhai Tzvi Mane) and Zamd un Shtern (text by Shmuel Frug) (BM).

1888 - Becomes cantor at second Khor-shul, Adat Yeshurun in Bialystok (BM, SH).

1889 - Engaged as choir master for Cantor Baruh Leib Rosowsky in Khor-shul, Riga (BARO)

1891 - Engaged as cantor at Vilna Khor-shul, Taharat Hakodesh, 35 Zavalna Street (LNYT, LYT, ST, ZA). (Other sources make the date of this event 1893. But as all other sources agree that his ministry here lasted thirty years and his successor, Eliyahu Zaludkowski, was engaged in 1921 has convinced me that 1891 is correct.)

1893 - Marries Lina Ansell, December 25 in Riga. Six children.

1898 - Publishes in Vilna the song Am Olam (Hebrew) as No. 1 of collection Neginot Yisrael: Liedersammlung aus der Hebraischen Poesie nebst Tonzeichen Zum Gesang mit Klavierbegleitung. Some sources (LYNT, LYT) list 1893 as the publication date of this song, but I have not been able to trace any published copy prior to 1898.

1900 - Publishes in Vilna the songs Al Hareri Tziyon (text by Menahem Mendel Dolitzky) and his subsequently very popular Zamd un Shtern (text by Shmuel Frug) under one cover, the first in Hebrew the second in Yiddish. Some sources list 1893 as publication date (LYNT, LYT), others 1898 (FR). I have found no earlier publication than 1900.

1901 - Publishes children’s song Hisheleg (text by Zalman Shneur) and Shirat Ha’aviv (text by Yavitz) in publication Olam Katan, Vienna, No. 1. (Hebrew).

1903 - Publishes song Hot Rakhmones: nokhn kishinever pogrom (text by Shmuel Frug) in supplement of the publication Der Fraynd, St. Petersburg No. 142, June 28, 1903, pp. 5-6.

1908 - Important notice of Bernstein’s works in St. Petersburg publication Birzhevyie Vedomosti by the music critic Nikolai Feopemptovich Solovyov – “the compositions of A.M. Bernstein deserve close attention because of their religious ecstasy and the beauty of their oriental elements” (LYT).

1912 or 1914 - Publishes in Vilna Avodat Haboreh, Parts I and II, collections of liturgical pieces for cantor solo, cantor and choir by A.M. Bernstein and some of his contemporary cantor-composers. No publication date. The New York Public Library-Jewish Division, in its catalogue, dates these volumes as 1912, all other sources 1914.

1915-1918 - German occupation of Vilna. Bernstein conducts Hazamir Choir and the students’ choir of the professional school “Hilf durkh arbet.” His setting of Y.L. Peretz’s dramatic poem Dos fremde khupe kleyd is performed a few times on local stages. Readies for publication a collection of 150 Hebrew and Yiddish children’s songs and a solfegge manual for children. Sets Shmuel Ansky’s poems Mayn lid and Der shnayderl. Publishes Herzl’s Yortzayt: Troyer lid far a gemishtn khor un klavier (text by M. Shiva), 1917 in supplement to Vilna publication Unzer Osed. Musical director of the Vilna Jewish musical organization Bene Asaf. Receives its first award (BAP).

1919 - Publishes in Vilna the song Tsum hemerl (O hemerl, hemerl klap) (text by Avrohom Reisen) solo voice, with or without choir (Yiddish). Attends first meeting on February 23 of the music section of the S. Ansky Vilna Jewish Historical-Ethnographical Society. Its organization, goals and activities devised by Bernstein (SHM).

1920 - On December 8, participates in a “troyer ovnt tzu shloshim nokhn toyt fun Shloyme Anski. (Memorial evening for S. Anski). Choir under Bernstein’s direction performs his settings of Ansky’s poems Mayn lid, Der shnayderl and Lazare Saminsky’s setting of Ansky’s Di nakht.

1921-1926 - Resigns his post as cantor of Taharat Hakodesh. Bitter disagreements with “gabaim” (synagogal managerial heads) because of their petty bickering and musical insensitivity. Congregation as a whole and Vilna community remain devoted to him. A period of sharp disappointment and hardship for Bernstein. Teaches music in Vilna Hebrew schools and such secular institutions as Mefitze Haskalah where he structures special musical curricula. Organizes male choir at Vilna Teachers Seminary. Writes musical criticism and articles for various publications. Composes children’s operetta Snow White (text in Hebrew).

1927 - Publishes in Vilna Muzikalisher pinkes a collection of religious folk songs mainly of Hassidic origin. Considered Bernstein’s best scholarly work. Published under auspices of the Jewish Historical-Ethnographical Society. Translates Kohelet (Eccliastes) into Yiddish. Tzum hemerl reprinted by Metro Music Co., New York.

1931 - Translates Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs) into Yiddish. Publishes Vol. III of Avodat Haborah – cantor, choir and cantor solo, Vilna.

1932 - Dies June 16 in Vilna.

1934 - A.M. Bernstein’s Av Harahamim Shokhen Meromim published in Di khazonim velt, Warsaw, 1 May 1934 supplement.

1935 - A.M. Bernstein’s Tziyona for four part mixed choir (text by Hikiel Zunsky) published in Di khazonim velt, Warsaw, 11 April, 1935, pp. 20.

1937 - Tsum hemerl published by White-Smith Music Publishers Co., New York, in an arrangement by Boris Levenson for four part choir. Yiddish and English text.

1958 - Muzikalisher pinkes republished by The Cantor’s Assembly of America.

Sources and Bibliography

BAP - Bernstein, A.M. “Di Muzik in Vilne far der tsayt fun di okyupatsie” (Music in Vilna During the Time of the Occupation) in Pinkes far der geshikhte fun Vilne in di yorn fun milkhome un okyupatsie, Vilna, 1922, pp. 683-688. (Yiddish).

BARA - Bernstein, A.M. “Yidishe shul muzik un R.Y. Rabinovitsh” (Jewish Synagogue Music and R.Y. Rabinowitch), Di khazonim-velt, Warsaw. 7 (May, 1934) pp. 4-8. (Yiddish).

BARO - Bernstein, A.M. “Vi azoy ikh bin gevorn dirigent bay Rosovsky” (How I Became Rosowsky’s Choir Master), Di khazonim-velt, Warsaw. 10 (August, 1934) pp. 9. (Yiddish).

BM - Bernstein, Maier. “A.M. Bernshtayn: Zikhroynes iber mayn bruder” (A.M. Bernstein: Remembrances of My Brother). Di khazonim-velt, Warsaw. 9 (July, 1934) pp. 15-17. (Yiddish).

FR - “Fule reshime fun A.M. Bernshtayns kompozitsies” (Complete List of the Musical Works of A.M. Bernstein). Di khazonim-velt, Warsaw, 7 (May, 1934) pp. 8-10. (Yiddish).

LNYT - Lexikon fun der nayer yidisher literatur. (Lexicon of the New Jewish Literature). New York, 1956. Vol. I, pp. 403-405. (Yiddish).

LYT - Lexikon fun der yidisher literatur (Lexicon of the Jewish Literature), Vilna, 1926. Vol. I, pp. 367-369. (Yiddish).

SH - Sherman, Pinkhos. “A.M. Bernshtayn: tsu zayn tsveytn yortzayt” (A.M. Bernstein: On the Second Anniversary of His Death). Di khazonim-velt. Warsaw. 7 (May, 1934) pp. 1-3. (Yiddish).

SHM - Shalit, Moshe. “Preface to A.M. Bernstein’s Muzikalisher pinkes” Vol. I, Vilna. 1927, n.p. (Yiddish).

ST - Stolnitz, Nathan. Negine in yidishn lebn, (Music in Jewish Life), Toronto, Canada, 1957. See “Negine in lite” (Music in Lithuania) pp. 17-19; “Vilner khor shul Taharat Hakodesh” (The Vilna Choir Synagogue Taharat Hakodesh) pp. 20-21; “Avraham Moshe Bernshtayn” (A.M. Bernstein), pp. 22-24; passim. pp. 25, 30. (Yiddish).

ZA - Zaludkowski, Eliyahu. Kultur-treger fun der yidisher liturgye. (Culture Bearers of the Jewish Liturgy). Detroit, Mich., 1930. pp. 255-256, 292. (Yiddish).

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Scope and Content Note

The collection relates to Bernstein's career and consists of the following:

Printed musical works by Bernstein. Musical manuscripts by Bernstein. Liturgical works: Friday evening prayer service; Sabbath morning service; High Holiday prayers; Psalms; zemirot; secular works; children's songs, 12 notebooks. Ethnomusicological works and transcriptions. Arrangements by Bernstein. Works attributed to Bernstein.

Manuscripts of articles and essays by Bernstein relating to Gershon Sirota, Solomon Salzer, Abraham Baer Birnbaum. Partial Yiddish translation of Ecclesiastes. Choral volumes and individuals' part books in manuscript, used by A.M. Bernstein and his choir at Taharot Hakodesh Synagogue, Vilna. Printed music by others: Samuel Alman, Mattiah Bensman, Eduard Birnbaum, D. Deutscher, Aron Friedman, Sh. Greentsayg, Erno Hoffman, Louis Lewandowski, Arno Nadel, David Nowakowski, Aron Merko Rothmuller, Nakhum Sternheim, Joshua Samuel Weisser, Eliakum Zunser. Musical manuscripts by others.

A collection of Jewish folk songs and tunes which was gathered by Bernstein as part of the project directed by him for the S. Ansky Historical-Ethnographic Society in 1926. Many of the collected songs were published in the anthology Muzikalisher pinkes (Musical Record), Vilna 1927 (reprinted in the U.S. by the Cantor’s Association in 1958). A significant part of the 1926 collection has not been published hitherto.

Manuscript of A.M. Bernstein's autobiography, Gilgalim. Obituaries of Bernstein. Photographs of famous cantors. Family photographs of the Bernstein and Punski families.

The music and folklore materials in the A.M. Bernstein papers derive largely from Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus, which were the territories that made up the Jewish pale of settlement in the Russian empire. Additionally, there are items sent from Breslau, Boston, and New York, as well as Sephardic tunes from Palestine.

The A.M. Bernstein Papers were deposited at YIVO in Vilna in 1937. Looted by the Einsatzstab Rosenberg and sent to Germany in 1942 or 1943, these papers were recovered by the YIVO in New York in 1947. Some biographical materials including Bernstein’s autobiography (see Supplement C, f.29/4516) were added to the collection by the Punski family from Brussels in 1974.

The bulk of the collection was cataloged by Albert Weisser in 1969. Addendum materials were described by Chana Mlotek in 1984.

The collection is paginated (except for the Addenda). Entries in this catalog are identified by folder and page number.

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Arrangement

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item; date (if known); Papers of Abraham Moshe Bernstein; RG 36; folder number; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

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Acquisition Information

Records were recieved from YIVO, Vilna in 1947. Later additions were contributed by the Punski family in 1974.

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Processing Information

Processed by Albert Weisser, 1969. Chana Mlotek processed the addenda in 1984 as part of the Max and Frieda Weinstein Music Project. Processing completed and encoded by Shayna Goodman in 2011.

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Container List

 

Series I: Printed Musical Works by Bernstein, undated, 1898-1900, 1912-1919, 1931

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FolderPageTitleDate
1 1 Am Olam
  

Song for voice and piano, 3p [Text by Mordekhai Tzvi Mane]. Hebrew. No. 1 of a projected series to be called Neginot Yisrael: Liedersammlung aus der Hebraischen Poesie. A.G. Syrkin, Vilna, 1898, 6 copies.

 
2 13 Al Hareri Tziyon
  

Song for voice and piano with or without chorus. 2pp. [Text by Menakhem Mendl Dalitzky]. Hebrew. Y. Pirozhnikoff, Vilna, 1900.

 
2 15 Zamd un Shtern
  

Song for voice and piano, 4pp. [Text by Shmuel Frug]. Yiddish, Nos. 2 and 3 of the projected series Negino Yisrael. 1 copy. [Above two titles published together]

 
3 20 Descriptive leaflets meant to advertise Avodat Haborah, Parts 1 and 11
  

Two collections of synagogue pieces for cantor solo, cantor and choir, by A.M. Bernstein and some of his contemporary cantor composers. Edited by A.M. Bernstein. Sz Ryndzinsky, circa 1912 or 1914? 4 copies.

 
4 24 Sefer Moreh Teve Hazimrah Part I, 2 sections
  

Solfegge manual of 90 diatonic gradated musical exercises meant for use by children and young people. Contains songs with Hebrew texts to illustrate solfegge problems. 15pp.; Lithographed by Eisenshtat, Vilna, no date, possibly 1915-1918? 23 complete copies, 1 incomplete.

 
5 724 Tsum Hemerl [O hemerl, hemerl klap]
  

Song for voice and piano with or without chorus. [Text by Avrohom Reisen]. 2pp. Slatkin, Vilna, 1919, 5 copies.

 
6 736 Avodat Haborah Part III
  

Collection of synagogue compositions for cantor and choir, composed by A.M Bernstein and David Novakovsky, 16 pp.

 
7 832 Descriptive leaflets meant to advertise Avodat Hoboreh Part III
  

See above. 1 pp.; Kreines, Kowalsky, Vilna, 1931, 4 copies.

 
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Series II: Printed Material about Bernstein, 1933

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8 836 The First Anniversary of the death of A.M. Bernstein
  

Unsigned article in Yiddish found in folder 6 between pages 743-744; Vilner Tog, No. 6, 1933.

 
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Series III: Musical Manuscripts by Bernstein-Completed Work, undated, 1914

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Subseries 1: Sacred, undated, 1914

FolderPageTitleDate
9 837 Avodat Haboreh: Asifah Minginot Shire Tefilah
  

A collection of synagogue pieces, by A.M. Bernstein, composed for cantor and choir, for Kabalat Shabbat and Shaharit Leshabbat, handwritten by Bernstein. Some published in other places. 155 pp. 1 copy.

 
10 952 Avodat Haboreh
  

Six notebooks in Bernstein’s hand, Synagogue pieces in six notebooks composed for cantor and choir, sometimes duplicating works in folder 9 above. Vilna, 1914, 1 copy. For High Holidays, Kabalat Shabbat, Tefilat Arvit Leshabbat, Psalms, Musaf Leshabbat, and Shaharit Leshabbat.

 
11 1052 Avodat Haboreh
  

Ten pieces extracted from Notebook II above [Kabalat Shabbat]. For cantor and choir. 7 pp.

 
12 1059 Avodat Haborah
  

Three liturgical works for the High Holidays extracted from Notebook I above [High Holidays]. Composed for cantor and choir. 12 pp.

 
13 1071 Sammlung Synagogaler Gesange [150 Stucke]
  

One Hundred and fifty pieces of Religious Hasidic folksongs collected and transcribed by Bernstein. Handwritten by Bernstein. Solo voice. Bound copy. 106 pp.

 
14 1177 Untitled Bound Volume
  

Collection of synagogue works for cantor and choir copied out in score form by Bernstein. Volume contains four pieces of liturgical music composed by Bernstein and works by A.S. Erstler, Solomon Sulzer and others. 310 pp.

 

Subseries 2: Secular, undated

FolderPageTitleDate
15 1487 Hashevua
  

Song for four part mixed choir and piano acc. Hebrew [Text: Yaffe-Silman] 2 pp., 2 complete, 1 incomplete copy.

 
15 1491 Heys un kalt
  

Song for voice and piano acc. Yiddish [Text: Shimen Frug] 3 pp., 1 copy

 
15 1494 Herzel’s yortsayt
  

Song for four part mixed chorus, a capella. Yiddish. [Text: M. Shiva] 1 pp., 2 copies

 
15 1496 In keyver: balade
  

Song for voice and piano acc. Yiddish. [Text: Y.L. Peretz] 3 pp., 1 copy

 
15 1499 Kagda Znala By Ty Rodnaya
  

Song for voice and piano acc. Russian. [Text: V. Velyichko] 3 pp., 1 copy Music possibly by A. Berushu. Arranged by AMB.

 
16 1502 Malpelakh
  

Song for voice – no account. Yiddish. [Text: A Ravin] 1 pp., 1 copy

 
16 1503 Nes Tziyona
  

Song for voice and piano acc. Hebrew. [Text: Saul Tchernikhowsky] 1 pp., 2 versions. 2 copies [on second copy – verso: Part of Hashevua. See 15/1487-1490 above]

 
16 1505 Numah Ferah: Shir Eresh
  

Song for voice and piano acc. Hebrew. [Text: A. Lipshutz] 3 pp. 3 copies [on second copy – verso: Franz Schubert’s song “The Organ Grinder”.]

 
16 1515 O ir kleyne likhtelekh
  

Song for voice and piano acc. Yiddish. [Text: Moris Rosenfeld] 2 pp., 1 copy

 
16 1517 Two works under one cover
  

1. [Po] A1 Sefat Hayarden. Cantata for voice and piano acc. Hebrew. [Text: From the Book of Ruth. Jacobson-Rust] 6 pp. 1 copy
2. Halaila Bahadar Olamim. Song for voice and piano acc. Hebrew. 2 pp. 1 copy

 
16 1524A Two works under one cover
  

- Shirat Setav. Song for voice, no piano acc. Hebrew. 3 pp. 2 copies.
- Bahalomi. Song for voice, no piano acc. Hebrew. 3 pp. 2 copies. Contains stamp of Hevrah Lehatpathut. Mamuzika Halamit Bevilna

 
16 1525 Vi Lang oy got
  

Song for voice and piano acc. Yiddish 5 pp., 1 copy

 
17 1530 Untitled Collection I
  

Various works for solo and four-part mixed chorus under one cover. Including Yiddish folksongs, and a work in Hebrew.

 
17 1535A Untitled Collection IA
  

Various secular works in Yiddish and Hebrew: songs for solo voice and piano.

 
17 1536 Untitled Collection III
  

Various works for solo voice and 4 part chorus. In Yiddish and Hebrew including Purim songs and the Hatikvah

 
17 1545 Untitled Collection IIIA
  

Various works in Yiddish and Hebrew for solo, mixed chorus and a capella

 
17 1548 Untitled Collection IIIB
  

Twelve works for 2, 3 and 4 part chorus, no piano acc. 28 pp., 1 copy. Modern Hebrew.

 
17 1549 Untitled Collection IV
  

Four Yiddish folk songs under one cover for mixed chorus and piano

 
17 1552A Untitled Collection V
  

Thirty-seven songs under one cover for solo voice and 3 or 4 part chorus. Hebrew and Yiddish.

 

Subseries 3: Children's Songs (Kinder Lider), undated

FolderPageTitleDate
17 1553 Notebook I
  

16 pp., 1 copy. Yiddish songs for solo and two voices

 
17 1569 Notebook II
  

24 pp., 1 copy. Yiddish and Hebrew songs for solo and two to three voices

 
17 1593 Notebook III
  

5 pp., 1 copy. Hebrew songs for four voices, Hanukah songs

 
17 1598 Notebook IV
  

16 pp., 1 copy. Songs in Hebrew with text by Zalman Shneur, H.N. Bialik, Epstein and David Frishman, includes Tomar Eheye Rav, melody based on Yiddish folk song

 
17 1614 Notebook V
  

22 pp., 1 copy. Songs in Yiddish and Hebrew for one and two voices

 
17 1636 Notebook VI
  

Shalgiah, operetta for children in Hebrew and Yiddish. 8 pp. 1 copy.

 
17 1644 Notebook VII
  

Hebrew songs for solo voices, includes songs based on Yiddish and Russian folksongs

 
17 1692 Notebook VIII
  

19 pp., 1 copy. Hebrew songs for solo voices, includes melodies based on German folksongs

 
17 1711 Notebook IX
  

Collection of songs in Yiddish using material from Sefer Moreh Teve Hazimrah, uknown author, possibly Bernstein

 
17 1730 Notebook X
  

Di fir kashes. Yiddish [Text: Haggadah]. Solo voice, transcribed by AMB. No piano acc. 3 pp. 1 copy.

 
17 1733 Notebook XI
  

Four works in Yiddish for 2 voices, no acc. No indications as to authorship. Very possibly by Bernstein. 8 pp., 1 copy.

 
17 1740A Notebook XII
  

Collection of songs in Hebrew for Solo voice, no piano acc. Authorship of texts unidentified, possibly Bernstein. 18 pp., 1 copy.

 

Subseries 4: Partially finished works in progress, undated

FolderPageTitleDate
18 1741 Shoshanat Yaakov
  

Song for two part choir and piano acc. [Some voice parts unfinished] Hebrew [Text: Liturgy] 4 pp., 1 copy

 
18 1745 Mah Gadlu Ma’asekhah
  

Work for voice and piano acc. [pencil sketch]. Hebrew [Text: Liturgy] 3 pp., 1 copy

 
18 1747 Fragment from a Purim Play [In recitative form]
  

Solo and chorus. No piano acc. Yiddish and German. 10 pp., 1 copy

 
18 1748 Untitled Collection V A
  

Series of solo recitatives, Hebrew. [Text: Liturgy] 13 pp., 1 copy

 
18 1761 Untitled Collection VI
  

Series of unfinished choral responses for the Sabbath. Other liturgical transcriptions. [unfinished]. 19 pp., 1 copy

 
18 1780 Untitled Collection VII
  

Variety of pieces – songs and piano accompaniments to songs found in other places, in Yiddish and Hebrew. 71 pp., 1 copy

 
18 1849 Untitled Collection VIII
  

Variety of incomplete works and sketches in Yiddish. 27 pp., one copy

 
18 1876 Untitled Collection IX
  

Contains partially finished works and sketches. 78 pp., 1 copy

 
18 1955 Untitled Collection X
  

Six works for two part chorus in Yiddish [unfinished except for final editing] 18 pp. 1 copy.

 
18 1973 Untitled Collection XI, XII, XIII
  

Three small pocket notebooks containing mostly children’s songs in Yiddish. 2 voices. 39 pp.; 86 pp.; 39 pp.

 
18 2131 Untitled Collection XIV
  

Unfinished piano accompaniment to songs, piano pieces and songs. 54 pp., 1 copy

 
18 2185 Untitled Collection XV
  

Cantorial Recitatives and liturgical pieces, sketches. Unfinished 34 pp. Includes pieces composed by Mozart set to Hebrew liturgical text by AMB

 
18 2219 Untitled Collection XVI
  

Fragmentary works for chorus. 12 pp., 1 copy

 

Subseries 5: Ethnomusicological Works and Transcripts, undated

FolderPageTitleDate
19 2231 Muzikalisher pinkes
  

Manuscript of pp. 66-81 of finally published work. Exact replica. In AMB’s hand.

 
19 2247 Sammlung Synagogalen Gesange
  

Manuscript notebook of 206 pieces of liturgical works and folksongs of Eastern European Jews collected and transcribed by AMB. Related to 13/1071-1176 above which was a selection from this manuscript. Contains also some secular material not published by AM Bernestein in the Pinkes.

 
19 2434 Zemirot Shel Hasidim
  

A collection of 100 wordless songs primarily of Hasidic sources. Transcribed and collected by many hands. Volume edited by AMB with annotations in Yiddish. All solo voice 24 pp., 1 copy

 
19 2435 Workbooks I, II, III, IV
  

Contains material later selected for Muzikalisher pinkes. Also material of secular content later organized in Untitled Collection. See above. 75 pp.; 45 pp.; 46 pp. 1 copy.

 

Subseries 6: Arrangments by A.M. Bernstein, undated

FolderPageTitleDate
20 2603 Di Shvueh
  

[Hymn of the Bund of Poland and Russia]. 4 part mixed chorus. Yiddish. [Text: Shmuel Ansky] 3 pp., 1 copy

 
20 2606 Du-Du [Yiddish Folk Song]
  

Transcribed and arr. by AMB from oral sources. One voice. 2 pp., 1 copy.

 
20 2607A Hatikvah [E Minor]
  

Arranged AMB for 4 part chorus. 1 pp., 1 copy.

 
20 2608 Ki Lo Naeh A and B
  

(a) No. 132 of Musikalisher Pinkes. Arr. for voice and piano. AMB. 1 pp., 1 copy.
(b) Second version titled Adir Bimlukha. Arr. for piano by Abi-Yosef Bernstein [son of AMB]. 1 pp., 2 copies

 
20 2611 Muzikalisher pinkes
  

Six pieces from published version of Muzikalisher Pinkes. Arr. by AMB for 4 part chorus. 11 pp., 1 copy.

 
20 2622 Kiru Levavkhem
  

Tenor aria “If With All Your Hearts” from Mendelssohn’s Oratorio “Elijah”. Hebrew words adapted by AM Bernstein. 16 pp., 1 copy.

 
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Series IV: Works Possibly by Bernstein, undated

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21 2638 Bikhnaf Eretz Tzafon
  

Song for voice and piano. Hebrew, no composer indicated. In AM Bernstein’s hand. 3 pp., 3 copies

 
21 2644 Di naye neshome
  

Song for solo voice. Yiddish. No composer indicated. Not listed in FR. Not in AM Bernstein's hand. 1 pp., 2 copies.

 
21 2646 Di shefele
  

Song for solo. Chorus and piano. No composer indicated. Not listed in FR. In AMB’s hand. 4 pp., 1 copy

 
21 2650 Hatikvah
  

Arrangement for piano [solo or acc.] No composer indicated. Not found in FR. Not in AMB's hand. 2 pp., 1 copy.

 
21 2654 Kinah Al Mavet Rashi
  

Song for voice and piano. Hebrew. No composer indicated. Not found in FR. In AMB’s hand. 2 pp., 2 copies.

 
21 2657 Lealmah Ivriah
  

Song for voice and piano. Hebrew. No composer indicated. Not found in FR. In AMB’s hand. 1 pp., 1 copy.

 
21 2658 Nodu Lamyalelet
  

Song for voice and piano. Hebrew. No composer indicated. Not found in FR. Not in AMB’s hand. 2 pp., 1 copy.

 
21 2660 Ribono Shel Olam
  

Adon Olam. Mimkomkha. Unfinished Recitatives for voice and piano. Hebrew. [Text: Liturgy]. No composer indicated. Not found in FR. In AMB’s hand. 19 pp., 1 copy.

 
21 2680 Vehi Sheamdah
  

Song for solo voice. Hebrew. [Text: Haggadah]. No composer indicated. Not found in FR. Not in AMB’s hand. 1 pp., 1 copy.

 
21 2681 Shir Eresh, Alizim Verikudim
  

No composer indicated. Not found in FR. Not in AMB's hand. 2 pp., 1 copy.

 
21 2683 Untitled Collection XVII
  

Songs for solo voice. No composer indicated. In Yiddish. Not found in FR. I AMB's hand. Material not found in any other place among AMB's works. No authorship indicated. 5 pp., 1 copy.

 
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Series V: Fragments, Stray Pages, Unidentified Works, undated

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22 2688 Fragments
  

 
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Series VI: Literary Works by Bernstein in Manuscript, 1927

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23 2768 Variety of articles, Reviews, and belle-lettres
  

by AM Bernstein in empty sheets of galley proofs of Muzikalisher pinkes. circa 1927. Some pieces still unidentified. 33 pp., 1 copy.

 
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Series VII: Documents Relating to Bernstein, 1924-1928

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23 2801 Postcard; List
  

- postcard to A.M. Bernstein from H. Solomon. [Warsaw]. February 27, 1928.
- List of the names of the Commission of the Vilner Yidishe Historishe-Etnografishe Gezelshaft Oyf Dem Nomen Fun Shmuel Ansky for the publication of the Muzikalisher pinkes. 1924.

 
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Series VIII:Choral Volumes and Part Books in Manuscript used by Bernstein and his Choir at the Taharot Hakodesh Synagogue, undated

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24 2803 Choral Volume [bound] I
  

Thirty-three pieces of liturgical works for cantor and 4 part choir. In A.M. Bernstein’s hand. No composers indicated. [Some pieces have been recognized by me as by Naumbourg and Sulzer. By A.M. Bernstein only his Ahavat Olam and Harakhaman- Lesefirah. (See his Avodat Haboreh Part I) were familiar to me. However, many other pieces in this volume may be his.] 231 pp., 1 copy.

 
24 2804 Choral Volume [unbound] II
  

Eleven pieces of liturgical works for cantor and 4 part choir. In A.M. Bernstein’s hand. Most composers not indicated. [I have recognized pieces by Sulzer, Hirsh Weintraub and Josef Goldstein. Of A.M. Bernstein's, I recognized his Shir Hamalot, see Notebook IV, folder 25 above. However other pieces may be by Bernstein.] 81 pp., 1 copy.

 
24 2805 Soprano Part Books I, II, III
  

Books I and II are stamped with the seal of Taharot Hakodesh Synagogue, Vilna. They contain pieces of the entire liturgical year. Names of most composters not listed. Works recognized: A.M. Bernstein’s Lekhu Neranena. See Notebook 11, No. 6. Book III contains works by Naumbourg, Poliakov, Sulzer, Lewandowsky, Blumenthal, Weintraub, Halevy, Dunayevsky, Handel, Gottbeter.

 
24 2808 Soprano Part Book IV
  

Five pieces for the High Holidays. Works recognized: Lewandowsky’s Kol Nidre and his Ve’al Yede. Other composers not listed.

 
24 2809 Soprano Part Book V
  

Contains six pieces of secular material, In AM Bernstein’s hand. Hebrew.

 
24 2810 Alto Part Books I, II, III
  

These books contain the stamp of the Taharot Hakodesh Synagogue seal. Pieces for the entire liturgical year. Names of composers not listed. In A.M. Bernstein's hand.

 
24 2813 Alto Part Book V
  

Nine songs of secular material. Perhaps used for concert purposes. In Hebrew and Yiddish. Most composed by A.M. Bernstein and in his handwriting.

 
24 2814 Tenor Part Books I, II
  

Pieces for various times of the liturgical year. Book II contains stamp of the Taharot Hakodesh Synagogue, Vilna. Names of composers not given. Includes pieces composed by Hirsh Weintraub, Lewandowsky, Sulzer and AMB’s Hashkivenu. Book II related to Soprano Part Book IV above.

 
24 2816 Tenor Part Book III
  

Six pieces of secular material. Perhaps used for concert purposes. Hebrew and Yiddish. No authors or composers listed. Handwritten. Related to Alto Part Book V above.

 
24 2817 Bass part Books, I, II, III
  

Book I contains stamp of Taharot Hakodesh Synagogue, Vilna Seal. Works for various parts of the liturgical year. Name of composers not listed. Contains Bernstein’s Ahavat Olam, Harakhaman-Lesefirah and Hashkivenu.

 
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Series IX: Printed Music not by A.M. Bernstein, undated, 1878-1887, 1902-1936

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25 2820 A bisl libe un a bisl glik, Tsipke
  

J. Rumshinsky; words by Molly Picon. Voice and piano, Yiddish. Second Avenue Theater. New York City, 1924 4 pp.; 3pp.

 
25 2821 Aforizmi
  

Aron Marko Rothmuller, for harp, Edition Omanut, Zagreb, 1936, 6pp.

 
25 2822 Two pieces
  

- A Purim lid. Melody by A. Goldfaden, arr. by Pesah Lwow. 3 part childrens chorus and piano accompaniament
- Tsindt on liktelech. Hasidic folksong arr. by A. Shitomirsky. Extracts from Lider zamlbukh, Yiddish. Society for Jewish Folk Music, St. Petersburg. 1914, 1pp., 1pp.

 
25 2823 Bene Hekhala
  

Hasidic folksong. Words: Isaac Luria. Voice and piano, Hebrew. Ost und West Berlin, 1916, 2pp. Hebrew

 
25 2824 Berumte Melodie “Wahawienu L’scolaum”
  

“Wilnaer Balebessel” arranged by Arno Nadel. Piano solo., 2pp.

 
25 2825 Der alt-nayer hap nit
  

[Lekoved Shteiger’s bafrayung]. Words and music Nakhum Sternheim. Solo Voice, Yiddish. Ign. Jaegera, Lwow [1934?], 3 pp.

 
25 2826 Di grine Yente
  

Samuel Weisser [Joshua S. Weisser]. Words by Morris Rund, voice and piano, Yiddish. J and Y Kammen, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1924, 3 pp.

 
25 2827 Eleven Jewish National Songs
  

Sh. Greentzayg. Voice and piano, Yiddish. Y. Petrushenka, Lublin, 1902, 22 pp.

 
25 2828 Eli, Eli
  

No composer listed, arranged by Joseph Kammen. Voice and piano, Yiddish. S. Schenker, New York, 1911, 2 pp.

 
25 2829 Es hoybt zikh on mit dir
  

Joseph M. Ruminshinsky, Words by Isidor Lillian. Voice and piano; Yiddish. Trio Press, New York, 2 pp.

 
25 2830 Feygele mayns
  

Words and music Ludwig Satz, arr. Harry Lubin. Voice and piano, Yiddish. Trio Press, New York, 1925, 2 pp.

 
25 2831 Ve’al Yede Avadekha [Halokh Veka-Rota]
  

Moritz Henle. Cantor and choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. [fragment only]. 2 pp.

 
25 2832 In Mayn land
  

Barukh Guttman. Words Nakhum Shternheim. Voice and piano. Yiddish. Snunit, Lwow. 2 pp., 2 copies.

 
25 2833 Kaddish
  

Shmuel Alman. [English version Louis Levi]. Voice and piano. Hebrew [Liturgy] and English. M.L. Callingold, London, 1930, 4 pp.

 
25 2834 Kavkaz
  

Peretz Sandler. Words, Louis Gilrod. Voice and piano. Yiddish. Trio Press, New York, 1924, 3 pp.

 
25 2835 Klange der Juden, Sammlung Judischer Lieder und Gesang-stucke
  

H.N. Golomb. Piano solo. A.G. Syrkin, Vilna, 1887, 10 pp., 2 copies. [one incomplete]

 
25 2836 Lozt di zorgn oyf morgn
  

Peretz Sandler, words Louis Gilrod. Voice and piano, Yiddish. Trio Press, New York, 2 pp.

 
25 2837 Loynt tsu hobn kinder
  

Alexander Olshanetsky, words Jacob Jacobs. Voice and piano, Yiddish. Trio Press, New York , 2 pp.

 
25 2838 Maccabee-gimnastisher marsh
  

D. Deutscher, Piano solo. H. Mac., Vilna, 1924, 3 pp., 6 copies

 
25 2839 Mah Nomar Lefanekha
  

Eduard Birnbaum. Cantor, male choir and organ, Hebrew. Neilah Liturgy, 4 pp.

 
25 2840 Mayn Goldele
  

Joseph M. Rumshinsky, words Louis Gilrod. Voice and piano, Yiddish. J.J. Kammen, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1924, 3 pp.

 
25 2841 Melodien Zu Zehn Judischen Volksliedern
  

Eiakum Zunser, words and music. Voice and piano. A.G. Syrkin? Vilna, 1887, 29 pp., 2 complete copies, incomplete.

 
25 2842 Mi Adir
  

Eduard Birnbaum. Cantor [baritone] mixed chorus and orchestra [Partitur]. Hebrew [Liturgy]. Published by composer, Konigsberg, 1878, 8 pp.

 
25 2843 Mizraha
  

Moses Levinson, words. J. Bluestone. Solo, chorus and piano. Hebrew. Trio Press, New York, 4 pp.

 
25 2844 Natasha
  

No composer listed. Voice and piano. Yiddish. S. Etshtayn, Vilna, 5 pp.

 
25 2845 Oy khanike, oy khanike
  

Hasidic folksong arr. by Pesah Lwow. 2 part children’s chorus and piano, Yiddish. Extracted from Lider Zamlbukh, Society for Jewish Folk Music, St. Petersburg. 1914, 2 pp.

 
25 2846 Palestina iz mayn foterland
  

Alexander Olshanetsky, words Isidor Lillian. Voice and piano. J.J. Kammen, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3 pp.

 
25 2847 Psalm 24
  

Arno Nadel. Cantor solo and male choir, a cappella, Hebrew [Liturgy]. Festschrift Zum 70 Geburtstage Von Moritz Schaefer, Berlin, Philo Verlgag. 1927, 4 pp.

 
25 2848 Psalm 133
  

Eduard Birnbaum. 4 part male choir Harmonium and piano. Hebrew [Liturgy]. Ferd. Beyer, Konigsberg, [189-?] 13 pp.

 
25 2849 Rokhels keyver
  

Zavel Zilberts, words K.A. Shapiro. Voice, piano and violin or cello obligatto. Yiddish. Joseph P. Katz, New York, 1921, 7 pp.

 
25 2850 Romance
  

M.M. Bukshy. Voice and piano. Russian. [Incomplete]. St. Petersburg, 1 pp.

 
25 2851 Salomo’s Hoheslied [Song of Songs]
  

Aron Friedmann. Voice and piano. Hebrew – German Translation Moses Mendelssohn. C. Boas, Berlin 1929, 15 pp.

 
25 2852 Shloflid
  

Nakhum Shternheym. Words and music. Yiddish. solo voice. Richard Brandeis. Prague, 1918, 1 pp.

 
25 2853 Seelenfeier
  

Louis Lewandowski. Choral parts only. 16 sop, 7 alto, 3 tenor, 3 bass. Hebrew [Liturgy]. No. 89 of larger work

 
25 2854 Synagogen Gesange
  

Arno Nadel. for cantor, 4 part choir, organ. J. Kauffmann, Frankfurt-am-Main, 1930, 13 pp.

 
25 2855 Tami Zimrah-Lehamizmor Hakatan
  

Matthiah Bensman, words and music. 2 part children’s choir, a cappella. 15 songs. Hebrew. Concordia, Warsaw, 1904 7 pp.

 
25 2856 [Taini Garema] The Secrets of the Harem
  

V. Valentinov. Operetta in 3 acts. Vocal score. Moscow? Yiddish translation from Russian by AMB?

 
25 2857 Tayer yankele
  

Yiddish folksong from Kipnis collection [No. 19]. arr. by Matthiah Bensman. Yiddish. Voice and piano. Kipnis Verlag, Warsaw, 3 pp.

 
25 2858 Tilemel [The Psalms]
  

Words and music by S. Smulowitz [Solomon Small]. arr. A. Russoto. Voice and piano, Yiddish. Hebrew Publishing Co., New York, 1910?, 5 pp.

 
25 2859 Tirzah Yafah
  

Samuel Alman, Words H.N. Bialik. voice and piano. Hebrew. M.L. Callingold, London, 1934, 4 pp.

 
26 2860 Tov Lehodot [Psalm 92]
  

Louis Lewandowsky. 4 part chorus and organ, Hebrew, 5 pp.

 
26 2861 Tsipke fayer
  

Notated and arranged by H. Glezer. Solo voice. Yiddish. Sh. Etshtayn, Vilna, 4 pp.

 
26 2862 Unter a kleyn beymele
  

Yiddish folk song from A. Gerstein Collection [No. 31]. Yiddish arranged by A. Sliep, Voice and piano, H. Mac, Vilna, 3 pp.

 
26 2863 Fragments, unidentified works, odd and stray pages
  

 
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Series X: Musical Manuscripts not by Bernstein, undated, 1878, 1912-1927

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Subseries 1: Fragments from Part Books, undated, 1878, 1912-1927

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26 2864 Adon Olam
  

Salamon Sulzer. Cantor and 4 part mixed choir, Hebrew. Not in Sulzer’s hand, 3 pp.

 
26 2867 Ana Adona
  

Lazar Goldberg. Cantor and 4 part mixed choir, Hebrew [Liturgy]. 2 pp.

 
26 2869 Hahashmonayim Haktanim [“Die Kleine Khaschmonaer”]
  

Arie Ben Eres Abrahamson. Voice and piano. Hebrew. 2 pp., text by Zalman Shneur

 
26 2870A Two pieces
  

- Der shnayder. Yiddish. [Text: Shmuel Ansky].
- Mestetchko Ladenyu, Hasidic Folksong. B. Antomoni. Voice and piano. 10 pp. Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian. [Text: Folk Sources]

 
26 2871 El Barukh Gadol
  

Composer not listed. Cantor, mixed chorus, piano, Hebrew [Liturgy]. 5 pp.

 
26 2876 Eli, Eli
  

Composer listed as “B. Thomaschewsky”. Voice and piano, Yiddish. 1 pp.

 
26 2876A Eli Tsiyon
  

No composer listed. Solo cantor, soprano and 4 part chorus. Hebrew. 2 pp.

 
26 2877 Elohe Ad Shelo Natzarta
  

Hasidic Table Song. arranged Ludwig Finkel. Bass part only. Hebrew and Yiddish. 2 pp.

 
26 2879 Emet Ki Atah Hu
  

No composer listed. Cantor 4 part chorus. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 3 pp.

 
26 2881A-B Faryomert, Farklogt
  

Yiddish folk song collected in Podbrodz by Khaye and Aron Ayngeltzin. solo voice. Yiddish. 2 pp.

 
26 2882 Hamavdil
  

Hasidic sources. No collector or transcriber listed. Solo voice and unison choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 4pp.

 
26 2888 Heber Melodiak
  

Erno Hoffmann [Gyujtemenye]. Bound collection in manuscript of Yiddish folk songs, Hasidic zemirot and nigunim. Solo voice, some with piano acc. Hebrew and Yiddish. 63 pp.

 
26 2952 Hineni Heani Mimaas
  

A. Berkowitz. Cantorial recitative. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 3 pp.

 
26 2955 Kedusha
  

no composer listed. cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 3 pp.

 
26 2961 Khasidisher nign [Dem Rebn’s Nign]
  

notated by Bezalel Tzinman. solo voice. March 20, 1922, 1 pp.

 
26 2961A-B Kinderheim
  

Arie “Ben Erez” Abrahamson. Solo voice. German [Text: Hugo Salus]. 2 pp.

 
26 2961C-D Kolibelnya Pesnya [Lullaby]
  

Jacob M. Skliar. op.1, No. 1. Voice and piano. Russian. dedicated to my sister Lyuba M. Skliar. Nov. 27, 1914, 2 pp.

 
26 2962 Mayn kleyne
  

A. Glezer. [Text: Z. Segaloviatach]. Voice and piano. Yiddish. 2 pp.

 
26 2964 Two pieces
  

Mikdash; Ve Sham Ru. both by Herman Semitin. Recitatives for cantor. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 2 pp.

 
26 2966 Mimkomkha
  

David Nowakowsky. Cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. Choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. incomplete. 1 pp.

 
26 2967 Mimkomkha
  

no composer listed. Cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 4 pp.

 
26 2971 Mekhalkel Hayim
  

Isadore Blumenthal. 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. May 18, 1913, 3 pp.

 
26 2974 Magen Avot
  

David Nowakowsky. 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. Odessa, November 18, 1912, 3 pp.

 
26 2976A-B Magen Avot
  

Schnitman. Cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 2 pp.

 
26 2977 Morgen Gottesdienst [En Kamokha etc.]
  

Eduard Birnbaum. Cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 3 pp.

 
26 2981 Naaritzkha
  

no composer listed. Cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 3 pp.

 
26 2984 Nigun Shel Hasidi Kotzki; Adres tsum Reboyne Sheloylem
  

Hasidic material. collected by Gendlish. Solo voice. Russian. 2 pp.

 
26 2988 Sefer Avuriah Lizman Hamorim
  

No editor listed. Recitatives for cantor. Hebrew [Liturgy]. Bet Hakneset Hagodol, Vilna, 1927, 48 pp.

 
26 3036 Sefer Kebutzat Shirim
  

[fragment of a larger work]. Cantorial anthology collected and edited by Aba Yakov Bengis. Cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. Vilna, January 29, 1878, 158 pp.

 
26 3195 Shema Yisrael
  

Yoshe Slonimer [Yosef Altshuler]. Soprano solo and 2 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 1 pp.

 
26 3196 Shoshanat Yaakov; Yismah Mosheh
  

- 2 part choir
- cantor and 3 part choir. composer not indicated. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 4 pp.

 
26 3200 Shuvi Nafshi
  

Louis Lewandowski. 4 part choir. 1 pp. [score]. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 11 pp.

 
26 3211A Shuvi Nafshi
  

no composer indicated. solo voice. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 1 pp.

 
26 3211B Simhu Voroni; Lo Nishtakhave
  

No composers indicated. 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 17 pp.

 
26 3212 Torat Adonai
  

No composer indicated. cantor, 4 part choir and organ. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 6 pp.

 
26 3217-B Ve’al Avdekha Haneviyim
  

No composer indicated. Cantorial recitative. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 2 pp.

 
26 3218 Veshamru
  

S. Gurovitch. Cantor, alto solo, 4 part mixed choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 4 pp.

 
26 3222 Veshamru
  

No composer indicated. 4 part mixed choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 2 pp.

 
26 3224 Yehi Ratzon Milfanekha
  

Abraham Narver. Recitative for cantor. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 3 pp.

 
26 3227 Two pieces
  

- Yehi Shalom. Solo, unison choir and piano
- Adonai Malakh. 4 part choir. no composer indicated. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 10 pp.

 
26 3237 Two pieces
  

Yehudah Hamakabi; M.M. Dolitzky. Voice and piano. Yiddish. Stamp of “A. Bernstein Chor-Dirig. II Cantor Kovno”. 4 pp.

 
26 3243 a, b, c) Yotzer Meshartim
  

No composer indicated. 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 3 pp.

 
26 3244 Untitled Collection XVIII
  

M. Burstein. Cantor, 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 8 pp.

 
26 3252 Untitled Collection XIX
  

M.A. Fomin. Recitatives for cantor. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 9 pp.

 
26 3261 Untitled Collection XX
  

Recitatives for cantor. David Yakolevitch. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 53 pp.

 
26 3315 Untitled Collection XXI
  

David Nowakowsky. Cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 30 pp.

 
26 3343 Untitled Collection XXII
  

Joshua Samuel Weisser [Pilderwasser]. Cantor, 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 19 pp.

 
26 3362 Untitled Collection XXIII
  

Schargorodsky. Cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 13 pp.

 
26 3375 Untitled Collection XXIV
  

Various composers. Cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 24 pp. "

 
26 3399 Untitled Collection XXV
  

Jacob Teper. Cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 17 pp.

 
26 3419 Untitled Collection XXVI
  

Hayim Wassertzug. Cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 24 pp. Only first page contains composer’s name. Handwriting different for pieces nos. 3 and 4

 
26 3442 Untitled Collection XXVII [Fragment]
  

Cantorial anthology, no editor or collector indicated. Cantor and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 113 pp.

 
26 3554A Uvashofar Gadol
  

Composer not indicated. Bass solo. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 1 pp.

 
26 3555 Soprano Part Book V [Five Fragments]
  

114 pp. Hebrew [Liturgy]. Pieces most often incomplete. Contains amongst others works by Y. Gottbeter, David Roitman, A. Paliakov, Y. Teper, Zaydel Rovner.

 
26 3669 Alto Part Book [Four Fragments]
  

103 pp. Hebrew [Liturgy]. Pieces most often incomplete. Contains amongst others works by Y. Gottbeter, A. Poliakov, P. Rubin, Yakovkin, A. Berkowitz.

 
26 3773 Bass Part Book [Nine Fragments]
  

53 pp. Hebrew [Liturgy]. Pieces most often incomplete. Contains amongst others, works by Y. Gottbeter, Wolf Shestapol, Nissl Belzer Spivak, D. Rubin, Y. Weiss, Akiva Durmashkin, A. Poliakov.

 

Subseries 2: Fragments Scraps and Unidentified Pieces, undated

FolderPageTitleDate
26 3827 Fragments
  

 
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Series XI: Supplements A-B: Miscellaneous Compositions, undated

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27 984 Shema Yisrael
  

Yosef Meslonim [Yoshe Slonimer Altshuler]. No indications of composers except following:
- Cantor Rabinowitch aus Bialistok [Mosheh Bass Rabinowitch?] Selah
- Kartzoni-Melekh Elyon Naaritzkha
- Mimkomkha ‘asher shirat Bevilna’. Anthology of cantorial recitatives and works for cantor and 3 and 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 239 pp. Bound copy of mss in different hands. No title page. Merely indication in Hebrew script. Shema Yisrael-Yosef Meslonim. Back page contains indication in Hebrew script. Min Hahazan Mohilev. Indication in Hebrew script. Min Hahazan Mohilever [probably owner of copy]

 

Subseries 2: Supplement B, undated

FolderPageTitleDate
28 4224 Schir Zion Part I
  

Solomon Sulzer. Cantor, 4 part choir. Hebrew [Liturgy]. 214 pp. Printed copy. First six and last ten pages missing. Contains stamp of Taharot Hakodesh Synagogue, Vilna seal. Dedicatory page reads “Als Geschenk von Simon Joffe gewidment der Wilnaer Synagoge Taharot Hakodesh, Wilna. D. 26 Kislow 5652” [1892]. Embossed on outer covering of bound copy “Gottes – dienstliche Gesange der Israeliten”.

 
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Series XII:Supplements C-D: Biographical Materials, undated, 1937

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Subseries 1: Supplement C, undated, 1937

FolderPageTitleDate
29 4328 A.M. Bernstein’s autobiography in manuscript “Gilgalim (biografye fun a shlim-mazl)"
  

189 pp.

 
29 4516 A.M. Bernstein’s last note
  

Letter concerning A.M. Bernstein archives – YIVO Vilna 1937. Obituaries and announcements of memorials. Pictures of famous cantors (a wall chart).

 

Subseries 2: Supplement D, undated

FolderPageTitleDate
30 4523 7 photographs of Bernstein and Punski family and of gymnasium classes in Vilna
  

 
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Series XIII: ADDENDA: Folk Music Collection from the S. Ansky Historical Ethnographic Society, 1926-1927

Scope and Content:

This Addenda consists of manuscripts of Jewish songs and melodies that Abraham Moshe Bernstein assembled in 1926 for the S. Ansky Jewish Historical Ethnographic Society in Vilna. The collection is comprised of Shabbes-zmires (Sabbath hymns and melodies), holiday songs, religious, ritual and secular songs, Hasidic melodies and folksongs. Most of them are in Hebrew, some in Yiddish and others have no words altogether. The Addenda was processed by Chana Mlotek in January 1984 as part of the Max and Frieda Weinstein Music Project.

In 1926 Bernstein supervised a project to collect nigunim (melodies), most of which were published in a volume Muzikalisher pinkes, Vilna 1927 (This publication was reprinted in the U.S. by the Cantor’s Association in 1958).

This addenda consists of hitherto unpublished manuscripts.

Included among the Hasidic sources whose nigunim were collected are the Barkover ( f. 11), Gerer (f. 9), Talner (f. 11), Czortkover (f. 2), Libishayer (f. 1), Lubavitcher (f. 7), Stoliner (f. 1, 7), Slonimer (f. 1), Kosover (f. 3), and others.

The yeshivas, whose more "secular" songs were harvested include the schools of Volozhin (f. 2), Vilkomir ( f. 2, 10), Lechowicze (f. 7), Nowogrodek ( f. 2 , 10), Slobodka ( f. 7, 10), Slonim (f. 2), Kleck ( f. 10), and others.

Materials hail largely from Polad, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia; more specifically, from localities: Aleksandrovsk, Ostrowo, Bialystok, Berditshev, Dabrowice, Dvinsk, Warsaw, Vitebsk, Vilna, Vilkomir, Vladimir, Khomsk, Lomza, Lwow, Swislocz, Stolin, Slutsk, Semiatycze, Pinsk, Kovno, Kolomyja, Kamieniec, Kosow, Krakinove, Krementshug, Radvits, and Ejszyszki.

Beyond that, there are items acquired and sent from Breslau, Germany, Boston and New York, as well as Sephardic and Yemenite melodies from Palestine.

Among the unusual nigunim worthy of mention is the song Riboyne-shel-Oylem that the Lubavitch Rebbe sang as he was being released from Prison (f.1, 2), a melody heard in a production of Sholem-Aleichem’s play Mazl-Tov ( f. 1) and apparently the original of a melody in a setting of The Dybbuk by An-sky ( f. 10). Two items are particularly venerable - a melody of Tsur misheloy (a “table nigun” sung before the blessing following a meal) , that was received from R’Avrom Yankev HaKohen of Vilna , who had heard it from his father, R’Shloyme HaKohen, Vilner who in turn, remembered it sung by his father, R’Yisroel Moyshe HaKohen (f. 45:7), and dance-themes annotated by an old musician in Swieciany.

There are also melodies to a number of songs for which the text only, but no music appear in the very first collection of Yiddish folksongs published by Shaul Ginsburg and Pinhas Marek in Petersburg in 1901 ( f. 1). Included as well are several art-scores composed for texts by the poets, Dovid Fishman, A. Zak, H. N. Bialik, and Zalmen Shneur (f. 15).

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1 Hebrew and Yiddish songs
  

religious and secular works including Hasidic nigunim, includes the Riboynoy shel oylem, a nigun sung by the Rebbe of Lubavitch when he was released from prison, and a melody heard in Shalom Aleichem’s play “Mazal tov”, about 25 titles

 
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2 Religious songs
  

liturgical pieces and Hasidic nigunim, including a number of Passover songs in Hebrew, Arabic and Lithuanian

 
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3 Various nigunim
  

liturgical works and Hasidic nigunim

 
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4 Vos mir zenen
  

a song about the alef-beys in Yiddish

 
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5 Zingt di Alef
  

the “alef sings,” a work supplied by the Peretz Collector’s Circle of YIVO in Kolomyja

 
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6 Zmires l'Motsey Shabbes
  

five liturgical works for Saturday evening

 
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7 Shabbos zmires
  

liturgical works for Saturday evening, including Zmirot sung by Hasidim, about 60 pieces

 
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8 Khasal Sidur Pesakh
  

pieces from the Passover Seder, Hebrew

 
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9 Sent by Michal Lucki, Lomza
  

five songs gathered and sent by Michal Lucki including Sabbath songs sung by Hasidim

 
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10 Vikhi-od Lanetsakh
  

liturgical works and Hasidic nigunim, including the Lamdonishe nigunim, around 33 pieces

 
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11 Melodies, annotated by Avrom Tesletsky, Baku
  

three melodies sung by Yosef Talner, Hasidic court composer and others, transcribed by Avrom Tesletsky

 
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12 Kum ikh arayn tsu springen
  

a Purim song recorded by Yankev Glatshteyn, who heard it from a student, 1926

 
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13 Krayts – march, Vider – march, Mikita - march annotated by Khayim Smorganski
  

marches and dances annotated by Khayim Smorganski, Vilna

 
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14 Lebedik, lustik – arranged by L. Efron
  

two Yiddish songs arranged by L. Efron

 
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15 Notebook of musical notations
  

notebook of about 20 musical pieces

 
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16 Shivas Tsiyon - E. Tsanzer , annotated by Bernstein
  

three pieces including Shivas Tziyon, by E. Tsanzer, transcribed by Bernstein

 
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17 Page of notes, no text, Bernstein
  

unidentified handwritten music, 1 pp.

 
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18 Various music missing
  

cantorial pieces and Hasidic nigunim, about 50 titles, originally numbered 77-114, no 105

 
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19 Fragments
  

fragments of liturgical works, 2 pp.

 
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20 Some personal papers belonging to Bernstein
  

letters to the Cantors Association, Warsaw; photo of Bernstein on deathbed; obituary

 
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