“A Letter for Sweetheart,” 1910

That’s the English translation of “A Brivele der Kale,” a popular Yiddish song from 1910.

The sheet music cover illustration is intriguing. An immigrant leaving his wife for the America? Or did he find a new love here?

Composer J.M. Rumshisky—who later changed his name to Rumskinsky—was a bigwig of Yiddish theater.

He wrote hundreds of operettas and songs for stars like Molly Picon during the theater’s heyday.

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10 Responses to ““A Letter for Sweetheart,” 1910”

  1. evi Says:

    I love this blog! I always enjoy the latest post and learn so much about our beautiful city. Merci!

  2. modestine Says:

    A mere piece of sheet music shows how much the world has changed in 100 years.

  3. modestine Says:

    P.S. Technically, a “kale” in Yiddish is a bride.

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks for the correction. I got the translation from this site. Perhaps “kale” could have a few meanings?


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