Yenta’s Lied

Yenta’s Lied shows a lost Jewish world in images and music. Composer Allan Segall has set six Yiddish poems to music. The poems are written by Jewish poets mostly in the inter-war years -a period noted for the blooming Jewish cultural life in the cities and villages throughout Europe. The poems are about life in the ‘shtetl’, poverty, death, love and wonderment of the greater cosmos. And although they come out of of a specific cultural context, the  messages of the poems remain universal and speak to us directly today.  Video of Shtern, from “Yenta’s Lied”; With soprano, Persephone Abbott and piano, Petr Karlicek. (Video, Elsie Vermeer. Sound, Ron Witterues. Producer, Carolyn Muntz.)