Pozner, Meʼir, 1735-1807

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Meyer Posner was a composer, arranger and conductor active in New York's Yiddish musical world from 1919 until his timely death in 1931. He was born in the Polish city of Plock, part of the Russian empire, ca. 1890. He was choirmaster of the Borough Synagogue in London, ca. 1910. Around this time Posner composed a popular musical setting of Morris Rosenfeld poem Herbst Bletlach (Autumn Leaves). He graduated from London Guild Hall Conservatory in 1914. By 1916 Posner was music director and conductor at the Great Synagogue in Duke Place. During these years he supposedly composed a Hebrew operetta entitled Ezra and Nehemia and a grand opera, Saul, though neither scores are extant. Posner emigrated to the U.S. in 1919 to conduct New York's Workmen Circle Choir (Arbiter Ring Kor). He composed and arranged many choral settings of Yiddish songs for this ensemble, several of them published by Metro Music, 1927-1930. Around 1922, he composed and conducted incidental music for two Yiddish plays, Amol iz Geven a Maise and Dos Groise Gevins. He published several music articles for the Yiddish newspaper Der Tog in 1923, and in 1930 he conducted a vocal quartet for Der Tog radio show. For a time he conducted choirs for Cantor Josef Rosenblatt at the Hungarian Congregation Ohav Zedek and for other cantors in concert. In addition to the Workmen Circle Choir, Posner directed the Synagogue Choral Alliance, The Children Choir at the Sholom Aleichem Schools, and, in 1928, he succeeded Leo Low as conductor of the historic Paterson Hebrew Singing Society. Around 1929, Posner's composition The Machine, set to a biting text by Morris Rosenfeld, caused a great stir when it was performed by the 200-voice Workmen's Circle Choir with orchestra. He also provided Yiddish folk song arrangements for the Vilna Troupe's show Der Regenbogen. (The Rainbow), during their 1930 New York tour. Meyer Posner was married in 1929. He died suddenly on February 8, 1931 of a heart attack, while preparing for an orchestral performance of Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah at New York's Town Hall

From the description of Music scores and papers, 1917-1950. (Jewish Theological Seminary of America). WorldCat record id: 166256605

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creatorOf Posner, Meyer. [Yiddish folk song collection : for (SATB) mixed chorus with piano] / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. May greetings ; Potpourri ; Avram ; Siberia / [music by] M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. 880-01 Shvue = The oath / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Shterendel / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. [Miscellaneous music collection, Workmen's Circle Chorus : for (SATB) mixed chorus with piano / composed or arranged by M. Posner] Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Lewandowski, Louis, 1821-1894. 880-01 Lekhah dodi / Lewandowski ; [arr. by M. Posner]. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Siberia / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Potpourri [of] Jewish folk songs / arr[anged] by M. Posner . Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. A Machine / words by M. Rosenfeld ; music by M. Posner . Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. Elijah / Mendelssohn ; [arr. by M. Posner]. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856. Gypsy life / R[obert] Schumann. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Dead march / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Katerina / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. International / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Lark's song / music by Mendelsohn ; orchestra arr[anged by] M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Zshamele : lullaby / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Hemerl = The cobbler / by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Kirchen glocken = Church bells / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Music scores and papers, 1917-1950. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. A pastuchl : folk song / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. [Miscellaneous music collection, manuscript orchestral sketches / composed, copied or arranged by M. Posner] Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Neiterkes = The seamstress / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Oi Avram : folk song / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. [Russian song collection / collected by M. Posner]. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. [Miscellaneous music collection, manuscript sketches / composed, copied or arranged by M. Posner] Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. [Synagogue music collection, miscellaneous : for a cappella choir / composed, copied or arranged by M. Posner] Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. [Synagogue music collection, High Holiday cantorials : for (high) solo voice / composed, copied or collected by M. Posner] Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. Abram, Abram : folk song / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. [Synagogue music collection, entire liturgical year cantorials : for (high) solo voice / composed, copied or arranged by M. Posner] Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. May lid / music by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. [Synagogue music collection, miscellaneous cantorials : for (high) solo voice / composed, copied or arranged by M. Posner] Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. The Will / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. A dudele : folk song / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. 880-01 Mich zit ahin / [words by] A. Raisin ; music by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. 880-01 Af a fuler voch / [words by] H. Roisenblatt ; music by M. Posner . Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. 880-01 David in the wilderness = Dovid in der ṿisṭe / [music by by M. Posner]. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. 880-01 Workmen's circle hymn ; Fest Lieder ; Carnovale / music by M. Posner ; words by A. Liesin ; [words by] I. Bovshover. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. The Miller's tears / arr[anged] by M. Posner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Posner, Meyer. 880-01 Folḳs, arbayṭer un originele lider : far kor / aranzshirṭ un farfasṭ fun Meir Pozner. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
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associatedWith Abrass, Osias Joshua, 1820-1884. person
associatedWith Blumenthal, Nissan, 1805-1903. person
associatedWith Bovshover, Joseph, 1873-1915. person
associatedWith Congregation Ohav Zedek (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Degeyter, Pierre Chrétien, 1848-1932. person
associatedWith Der Tog (Newspaper) corporateBody
associatedWith Dunajewsky, A., 1843-1911. person
associatedWith Gerowitsch, Eliezer ben Yitzchok, 1844-1913. person
associatedWith Great Synagogue (London, England) corporateBody
associatedWith Lewandowski, Louis, 1821-1894. person
associatedWith Lew, Kalman. person
associatedWith Liessin, Abraham, 1872-1938. person
associatedWith Löwenstamm, Max G., 1814-1881. person
associatedWith Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. person
associatedWith Mombach, Israel Lazarus, 1813-1880. person
associatedWith Naumbourg, Samuel, 1817-1880. person
associatedWith Nowakowsky, David, 1848-1921. person
associatedWith Paterson Hebrew Singing Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Pitcher, Gladys, 1890-1996. person
associatedWith Posner, Dora. person
associatedWith Pottier, Eugène, 1816-1887. person
associatedWith Reisen, Abraham, 1876-1953. person
associatedWith Rosenblatt, H. (Henry), 1878-1956. person
associatedWith Rosenblatt, Josef, 1882-1933. person
associatedWith Rosenfeld, Morris, 1862-1923. person
associatedWith Rossini, Gioacchino, 1792-1868. person
associatedWith Rovner, Zeidel, 1856-1943. person
associatedWith Rubin, Ruth. person
associatedWith Schorr, Baruch, 1823-1904. person
associatedWith Schorr, Israel, 1886-1935. person
associatedWith Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856. person
associatedWith Shestapol, Wolf, 1832-1872. person
associatedWith Sholem Aleichem, 1859-1916. person
associatedWith Sholem Aleichem Folk Institute (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sorerives, M. person
associatedWith Spivak, Nissan, 1824-1906. person
associatedWith Sulzer, Salomon, 1804-1890. person
associatedWith Ṿilner trupe. corporateBody
associatedWith Weiner, Lazar, 1897-1982. person
associatedWith Weintraub, Hirsch, 1811-1881. person
associatedWith Workmen's Circle Chorus. corporateBody
associatedWith Zemachson, Shalom Zvi, 1870-1938. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Ukraine
Subject
Cantatas, Sacred--Vocal scores with piano
Songs, Yiddish
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts), Unaccompanied
Synagogue music--Rosh ha--Shanah services
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with orchestra
Composers--Biography
Folk music
Sacred songs (High voice)
Synagogue music--Day of Atonement services
Songs (High voice) with piano
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) unaccompanied
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with piano--Parts
Jewish hymns
Jewish chants
Synagogue music--Seliḥot services
Folk songs, Hebrew
Music by Jewish composers
Musical sketches
Synagogue music--High Holiday services
Synagogue music--Pilgrim Festival services
Sacred dramatic music
Synagogue music--Sabbath services
Working class--Songs and music
Zionism--Songs and music
Choruses, Sacred (Men's voices, 4 parts), Unaccompanied
Folk songs, Yiddish
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with piano
Socialism--Songs and music
Spirituals (Songs)
Labor unions--Songs and music
Jewish composers
Occupation
Arrangers
Function

Person

Birth 1735

Death 1807

Italian,

Russian,

English,

French,

Yiddish,

Hebrew

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