Moses Pergament's composition to Avrom Reyzen's Yiddish poem A winter song
A work researched by Simo Muir as part of Performing the Jewish Archive.
Moses Pergament's composed his A winter song to Avrom Reyzen's Yiddish poem with the same name in 1914 when the First World War broke out and when he finished his studies at the St Petersburg Conservatory.
It is not known for whom he composed the piece. It is possible that it was meant for a Jewish choir in Helsinki that had been founded in 1906. Pergament revised his piece after the Second World War, in 1948.
Reyzen's poem became well known as a song called Hulyet, hulyet, beyze vintn! (Rampage, rampage, raging winds!) composed by Mikhl Gelbart.
Pergament's song was performed in the concert 'At the edge of the world: Jewish music from Australia, South Africa and Finland', 8 Aug 2017, as part of the 'Out of the Shadows' festival in Sydney.