Conversations with the composer
"Prince of the Young Hazzanim": Playbill advertising a cantorial performance by Sholom Secunda. The composer was famous as a young cantor before becoming one of Second Avenue's "big four" composers.
Sholom Secunda (bottom, fifth from left) and the cast of Senorita by Louis Freiman at the Rolland Theater in Brooklyn, New York, 1928. Secunda served as the theater's musical director on more than one occasion.
Sholom Secunda conducts from the piano at New York's Yiddish Art Theatre, 1938-39 season.
Sholom Secunda. Although Secunda claimed to have concluded his Second Avenue career after The Kosher Widow in 1959, he was still writing for Yiddish shows well into the 1960s.
Sholom Secunda poses with the Andrews Sisters, one of the many groups who helped make Bay mir bistu sheyn Yiddish theater's most popular song. Bay mir bistu sheyn won the ASCAP award for the most popular song in 1938.
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