Monday 11 February 2019


ELYE KANTOR (1889-June 3, 1960)
            He moved from Poland to Argentina in the 1920s and lived in Córdoba, where he had a laundry business.  Although he was unable to read music, he set several poems to melodies.  He published Naye shul-gezangen (New school songs), music to poems by Yiddish poets (Córdoba, 1936), 35 pp.  He later published several poems separately with their melodies—musical notation by theater director Hendel Kumak.  Some of these poems were incorporated into the repertoires of Sidor Belarsky and other singers.  He died in Buenos Aires.

Sources: Sh. Rozhanski, Dos yidishe gedrukte vort in argentine (The published Yiddish word in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1941), p. 170.
Berl Cohen

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