Thursday 29 March 2018


JOACHIM STUTSHEVSKI (STUTSCHEWSKY) (July 2, 1891-November 13, 1982)
            He was born in Romny, Ukraine.  He was a composer and researcher of Jewish music who had studied music in Leipzig, Jena, and Zurich.  Over the years 1924-1938, he lived in Vienna and from there departed for the land of Israel.  He published works in Goldene keyt (Golden chain) in Tel Aviv.  In book form: Der vilner balebesl (1816-1850), legende vegn a yidish-muzikalishn gaon, biografishe dertseylung (The young gentleman of Vilna, 1816-1850, legend of a Jewish musical genius, a biographical story) (Tel Aviv: Perets Publ., 1968), 56 pp.  Stutshevski would say that he wrote in German and the publisher or editor would translate into Yiddish.  However, neither in his books nor in his writings for Goldene keyt is it clear that they were translations, and Avrom Sutzkever conveyed to me that his works in the periodical he edited (Goldene keyt) were written in Yiddish.  Books in Hebrew include: Musika yehudit, mahuta vehitpathuta (Jewish music, its essence and development), trans. Yitsak Avishai (Tel Aviv, 1944/1945), 72 pp.; Folklor musikali shel yehude mizra-eropa (Musical folklore of the Jews of Eastern Europe) (Tel Aviv, 1958), 93 pp.; Haklezmorim, toledotehem, ora-ayehem viyetsirotehem (Klemers: Their history, their way of life, and their works) (Tel Aviv, 1959), 223 pp.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Source: Getzel Kressel, Leksikon hasifrut haivrit (Handbook of Hebrew literature) (Meravya, 1967), vol. 1.

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 403-4.

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