Platon Brounoff

Conductor, arranger, and composer of Yiddish music
1859-1924

Conductor, arranger, and composer of Yiddish music. Born in Yelisavetgrad in Russia. In 1891, immigrated to the U.S. and settled in New York. Founded and conducted the Poale Tsion Choir, the first Jewish secular choir in America. Collected over 300 Jewish folk songs, some of which he arranged for his choir. Composed Yiddish songs (see "Song of the month," March 2010).

Sources: Concise Encyclopedia of Jewish Music.(Macy Nulman).

Passport to Jewish Music: its History, Traditions and Culture.

Additional biographical items about Brounoff can be found at: Thomas William Herringshaw, "Brounoff, Platon," in Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography, v1 (Chicago: American Publishers' Association, 1909-1914) p. 444-445.; and at Concise Encyclopedia of Jewish Music (Macy Nulman).

More information about Poale Tsion Choir can be found at Passport to Jewish Music: its History, Traditions and Culture.

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