Resources for Performers and Educators

Musical Resources

Over the years, Pro Musica Hebraica has received many requests for assistance in locating sheet music by the composers we’ve featured in our concert series. Our goal has always been to make this music more accessible to performing artists, educators and scholars, and the general public. For that reason we are happy to provide this list of resources for individuals and organizations interested in acquiring their own copies of this music for performance or study. The list is not exhaustive, but includes major online digital collections and major library repositories with significant collections available for borrowing and duplication as well as select recent published scores. We will update this list periodically and we always welcome additional suggestions.

Historical Resources

  1. Joshua S. Walden, The Cambridge Companion to Jewish Music (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  2. Tina Frühauf, Experiencing Jewish Music in America: A Listener’s Companion (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).
  3. YIVO Encyclopedia of the Jews in Eastern Europe provides the most complete picture of the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe from the beginnings of their settlement in the region to the present

Online Digital Collections

  1. The St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music Score Collection, assembled by the American Society for Jewish Music, provides digital copies of 175 compositions by Russian Jewish composers of the early twentieth century.
  2. The Jewish Art Music Collection of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America includes 103 compositions by Jewish composers from a variety of pre-World War II European countries, as well as British Mandatory Palestine.
  3. Chazzanut Online contains a limited number of digital reprints and manuscripts of celebrated East European Jewish cantor-composers.
  4. The International Music Score Library Project/Petrucci Music Library, with over 250,000 public domain digitized scores of classical music.

Major Library Repositories

  1. The Jewish Theological Seminary of America Music Library and Archives contains many published and unpublished works of Jewish art music.
  2. The New York Public Library’s Music Division has a large collection of published Jewish sheet music.
  3. The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research holds the Sidney Krum Jewish Music and Yiddish Theater Memorial Collections, which contain a huge number of published and manuscript versions of Jewish art music by composers from Eastern Europe.
  4. The Library of Congress in Washington, DC has a large collection of published editions of Jewish art music. It can be searched via the general library catalog, accessible here at the Performing Arts Reading Room page.
  5. The Jewish Music Institute of London has a significant collection of sheet music as well as individual composer’s manuscripts held in its Music Library.
  6. The National Library of Israel has an extensive collection of published sheet music and manuscripts of Jewish art music.

Selected Scores & Critical Editions


  1. Joseph Rumshinsky, Di Goldene Kale. Yiddish operetta The Golden Bride, ed. Michael Ochs (A-R Editions, 2017).

Folk Music

  1. Jewish Folk Songs from the Baltics: Selections from the Melngailis Collection, ed. Kevin C. Karnes (A-R Editions, 2014).
  2. Robert Lachmann, The Oriental Music Broadcasts, 1936-1937: A Musical Ethnography of Mandatory Palestine, ed. Ruth F. Davis (A-R Editions, 2013).
  3. Ladino Songs, ed. Richard Neumann and Richard Botton (Transcontinental Music, 2007).
  4. The Folk Songs of Ashkenaz, ed. Philip V. Bohlman and Otto Holzaepfel (A-R Editions, 2001).
  5. Moshe Beregovski, Old Jewish Folk Music, ed. Mark Slobin (Syracuse University Press, 2000).
  6. Compleat Klezmer, ed. Henry Sapoznik (Hal Leonard, 1997).

Art Songs

  1. Lazar Weiner, Yiddish Art Songs, 1918-1970, ed. Yehudi Wyner (Transcontinental Music, 2011).
  2. Hugo Chaim Adler and Samuel Adler, Father to Son, ed. Jayson Radovsky and Michael Boxer (Transcontinental Music, 2009).

Orchestral Music

  1. Leo Zeitlin, Palestina: An Overture for the Capitol Theatre, New York, ed. Paula Eisenstein Baker and Robert S. Nelson (A-R Editions, 2014).

Solo Keyboard Music

  1. German-Jewish Organ Music: An Anthology of Works from the 1820s to the 1960s, ed. Tina Frühauf (A-R Editions, 2013).
  2. Hans Samuel, Selected Piano Works, ed. Tina Frühauf (A-R Editions, 2013).

Chamber Music

  1. Leo Zeitlin, Chamber Music, ed. Paula Eisenstein Baker and Robert S. Nelson (A-R Editions, 2009).
  2. Eric Wen, ed., Hebrew Melodies for Violin and Piano (C. Fischer, 2001).

Catalogues of Reprints

  1. Works by Joseph Achron, reprinted by the Joseph Achron Society.
  2. Works by Mieczysław Weinberg, reprinted by Peer Music Publishers.
  3. Works by assorted composers including Alexander Krein, Mikhail Gnesin, and Joseph Achron.