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Roma Melodies Performed by Roma Violinist Stefan Moise

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    Roma Melodies Performed by Roma Violinist Stefan Moise


    Roma songs by Stefan Moise, violin.

    6:06-7:12: the melody is "Sanie Cu Zurgalai” (music by Richard Stein)
    8:17-9:45: an excerpt from "Romanian Rhapsody No. 1" (1903), a showpiece by Georges Enesco.
    Performer: Stefan Moise
    Stefan Moise (born January 30, 1923 in Iasi, Romania) was born to Romani ("Gypsy") parents in the capital of Moldavia in eastern Romania. The family lived in a mixed neighborhood of Roma and Romanians. Stefan's father made a living playing guitar in local restaurants. As a child, Stefan learned to play the violin and he often performed with his father.

    1933-39: When Stefan was a teenager and old enough to branch out on his own, he left his father and teamed up with another young man to perform in restaurants. They performed all over Moldavia. The outbreak of war in 1939 was bad for business and many restaurants closed down, so Stefan had to resort to farm work to support himself.

    1940-44: In 1942 Iasi's Roma were rounded up by the Romanian police and sent eastward by cattle car. When they disembarked in Transnistria, they were marched to open fields and left to starve with inadequate rations. Urged by his wife, Stefan managed to run away. Of course, he took his violin. He hitched a ride on a freight train to Odessa and found work playing in a hotel, but all the time he couldn't stop feeling guilty for leaving his wife and sister. In 1944 he was arrested and inducted into the Romanian army.

    After the war, Stefan was reunited with his wife in Iasi. He worked as a musician until his retirement in 1983.
    Audiocassette; magnetic

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    Administrative Notes

    Recorded Sound Provenance
    Since 1992, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's music historian has collected historic sound recordings, published materials, interviews, and music related to the Holocaust and World War II.
    Recorded Sound Notes
    Musicologist's file contains: Track list in English and Romanian.

    For more information, refer to the Oral History with Stefan Moise at

    Technical note: The cassette tape reverts to loud pop song at 11:56.
    Recorded Sound Source
    Bret Werb
    File Number
    Musicology Tape Number: 140
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:29:10
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