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Posted By: GUEST
08-Oct-10 - 09:33 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Underneath the Spanish Stars-Moe Fishman
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Underneath the Spanish Stars-Moe Fishman
Dear Thomas Stern, Jim Dixon, and Geoff Lawes:
      I am the Leonard Lehrman referred to in the April 17, 2010 message, about Edith Segal's song "Underneath the Spanish Stars," which was relayed to me yesterday.   I do not know whether the 1930 Jack Payne-Irving King song has anything to do with her 1938 song of the same name, though it would not surprise me if it did. Edith borrowed from many sources for her works, including Beethoven, Gluck, and folk melodies. If someone could send me a copy of the sheet music or a recording, it would be good to compare.
   Edith's words were not re-written for Moe Fishman. Our most recent performance of the song was in memory of Moe Fishman, since he had fought in the Spanish Civil War, which the song was written about, during it. Later today I shall post the words to it, and also try to put up on YouTube a video of Helene singing it, with Edith playing the castanets, at Merkin Hall, in 1991.
   Meanwhile, here is a letter I wrote to Jewish Currents about Edith in 2003-04, which was unfortunately never published.
Sincerely,
Leonard J. Lehrman
33 Court St.
Valley Stream, NY 11580
www.ljlehrman.artists-in-residence.com

babush@ulster.net; jewish.currents@verizon.net   9/14/03 12:12am
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200-wd letter to JEWISH CURRENTS on Edith Segal

Edith Segal's inspiration extended from dance to poetry and music. Her "My Loved One" has been sung at every annual Rosenberg memorial meeting, and inspired my Rosenberg Cantata.
In 1990 she asked Helene Williams and me to record some of her songs "before I go."
"Where you going, Edith?" we asked her. She smiled.
On our cassette, SONGS OF CONSCIENCE, just issued on CD, we recorded all her Rosenberg songs, and a dozen others, including "Underneath the Spanish Stars (1938)." She played the castanets in that piece at Merkin Hall in 1991, received a Meet The Composer grant for that, and donated it to the dancers on the program.
Capstone Records recorded my Love Song Cycle based on 7 of her poems, on the CD, "Helene Williams Sings Songs of Love."
At our last visit to her, in Brooklyn, we informed her that Bill Kunstler had just died. "Everybody dies!" she exclaimed. Subtext: "It's not fair!"   
Last April, we performed her "From 6,000,000 Nameless Graves" at a Holocaust memorial program in Manhasset. Next March 14 at Great Neck House, we'll perform my setting of her poem, "Loneliness," as part of a concert of Songs By & About Women. We miss her.
Leonard (& Helene) Lehrman
http://ljlehrman.artists-in-residence.com

4/03/04 3:39pm
babush@ulster.net; jewish.currents@verizon.net
bc: hs
updated version of letter to JEWISH CURRENTS on Edith Segal
Dear Larry,
Here's an updated version of the letter I sent you last September on Edith Segal. Hope you may be able to use it in the May-June issue. Best - LJL

Edith Segal's inspiration extended from dance to poetry and music. Her "My Loved One" has been sung at every annual Rosenberg memorial meeting, and inspired my Rosenberg Cantata. In 1990 she asked Helene Williams and me to record some of her songs "before I go." "Where you going, Edith?" we asked her. She smiled.
On our cassette, SONGS OF CONSCIENCE, just issued on CD, we recorded all her Rosenberg songs, and a dozen others, including "Underneath the Spanish Stars (1938)." She played the castanets in that piece at Merkin Hall in 1991, received a Meet The Composer grant for that, and donated it to the dancers on the program.
Capstone Records recorded my Love Song Cycle based on 7 of her poems, on the CD, "Helene Williams Sings Songs of Love." One of those songs, "Loneliness," we performed again this past March 14 at Great Neck House and March 28 at the Long Beach Public Library.
At our last visit to her, in Brooklyn, we informed her that Bill Kunstler had just died. "Everybody dies!" she exclaimed. Subtext: "It's not fair!"   
Last April, we performed her "From Six Million Nameless Graves" at a Holocaust memorial program in Manhasset. The Workmen's Circle Chorus, of which I became Director in February, plans to premiere my new choral arrangement of it at 6pm on June 17 as part of the annual Rosenberg memorial meeting at Stephen Wise Synagogue.   We miss her.
Leonard (& Helene) Lehrman
http://ljlehrman.artists-in-residence.com