Yiddish folksongs arranged by Simon Parmet in 1930 for the Jewish Choir Association in Helsinki
|AKA||10 Yidishe folkslider. Drite zamlung. Far gemishte khor aranzhirt fun Simon Pergament-Parmet, 1930|
A work researched by Simo Muir as part of Performing the Jewish Archive.
The collection contains children’s songs, courting and wedding songs, and a humorous song about Hasidim. Parmet possibly knew some of the songs from his youth in Helsinki but he most likely drew upon published collections; for instance, five of the songs in the 1930 collection can be found in Die schönsten Lieder der Ostjuden, a collection that appeared in Berlin in 1920.
The song Unter di kleyninke beymelakh (Under the small trees) is an exception in Parmet’s arrangements of folk songs as the lyrics are by the Hebrew poet Chaim Nahman Bialik (1873–1934).
Parmet transcribed the Yiddish pronunciation of the songs according to the Helsinki-variant of Lithuanian Yiddish dialect.
No 1 Shteyt zikh a sheyn meydele – A beautiful girl is standing
No 2 In mizrakh-zayt – On the eastern side
No 3 Iz gekumen der feter Nosn – Uncle Nathan arrived
No 4 Vozhe vilstu? – What do you want?
No 5 Hob ikh a por oksn – I have two oxen
No 6 Yome, Yome – Benjamin, Benjamin
No 7 Unter di kleyninke beymelekh – Under the green trees
No 8 Makht der khosidl bim-bam – The Hasid sings bim-bam
No 9. Di bayke – The story
No 10 A retenes – A riddle