Eleanor Mlotek

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Eleanor Chana Mlotek (née Gordon; April 9, 1922 – November 4, 2013) was a musicologist, specializing in Yiddish folklore. Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Yiddish writer and Nobel laureate, once called Mrs. Mlotek and her husband, Joseph, “the Sherlock Holmeses of Yiddish folk songs.”[1]

WorldCat lists her as author of 70 works in 112 editions, in 6 languages.[2] They include both collections of music and exhibition catalogs of Yiddish authors. She held the position of Music Archivist at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and was also a columnist at the Yiddish Forward for over forty years.[3][4]

She was born in Brooklyn and is the mother of Zalmen Mlotek, the artistic director of the Folksbiene.

Death[edit]

She died November 4, 2013 in the Bronx at the age of 91.[5][6]

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Mlotek, Eleanor G. S. Ansky: (Shloyme-Zanvl Rappoport) 1863-1920 : His Life and Works : Catalog of an Exhibition. [New York]: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 1980.[7]
  • Mlotek, Eleanor G., Malke Gottlieb, and Roslyn Bresnick-Perry. מיר זיינען דא : לידער פון די געטאס און לאגערן / Mir Zaynen Do: Lider Fun Di Geṭos Un Lagern. (We are here: songs of the Holocaust) New York, N.Y.: Aroysgegebn fun Bildungs ḳomiṭeṭ fun Arbeṭer-ring, 1983.[8]
  • Mlotek, Eleanor and Joseph Mlotek. Songs of Generations: New Pearls of Yiddish Song. New York, NY: Workmen's Circle.
  • Mlotek, Eleanor and Joseph Mlotek. Pearls of Yiddish Song: Favorite Folk, Art and Theater Songs. New York, NY: Workmen's Circle, 1988.
  • Mlotek, Eleanor G. Mir Trogn A Gezang: Favorite Yiddish Songs. 4th Edition. New York, NY: Workmen's Circle, 2000.
  • Rubin, Ruth, Eleanor G. Mlotek, and Mark Slobin. Yiddish folksongs from the Ruth Rubin Archive. Detroit, Mich: Wayne State University Press, 2007.
  • Mlotek, Eleanor and Joseph Mlotek. Pearls of Yiddish Poetry. New York, NY: KTAV Publishing Press, 2010.

Journal articles[edit]

  • Molotek, Eleanor Gordon. "International motifs in the Yiddish ballad" studies in Jewish Language and Literature 209-281 (1964)
  • Molotek, Eleanor Gordon. "America in East European folksong" The Field of Yiddish 1: 178-198 (1954)

Recordings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berger, Joseph (2013-11-04). "A Yiddishe Momme of Music, Chana Mlotek, Dies at 91". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  2. ^ WorldCat Identities
  3. ^ "Contributions of Jewish Women to Music and Women to Jewish Music" Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Ruth R. Wisse, Review of Pearls of Yiddish Poetry (2010) on publisher's website. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  5. ^ YIVO. "YIVO Mourns the Passing of Chana Mlotek, 1922-2013". yivo.org. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  6. ^ Berger, Joseph (November 4, 2013). "A Yiddishe Momme of Music, Chana Mlotek, Dies at 91." The New York Times. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Music of the Holocaust: Highlights from the Collection" United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-04-09.