Recalling Lazar Weiner, a master of the Yiddish art song
Lazar Weiner’s dream of a Jewish high culture
The genre of the Yiddish art song came to its fullest flowering in the work of Lazar Weiner (1897-1982). Weiner’s vast and highly diverse catalog of over 100 Yiddish songs represents a deeply eloquent achievement, an act simulatensouly of bridging artistic worlds, creating new hybrid musical forms, and preserving a vision of a secular yiddish culture across the decades of its near-extinction. A rare performance of Weiner’s songs takes place this afternoon, curated by his son, composer Yehudi Wyner.