accepted a composition from him for
the song "America", which was sung with great
success in Kornblith's "Unzere kinder".
From Professor Farensvort's
initiative, he later was taken into a conservatory,
which S. completed with a first award.
For the 1913-14 season, he
became engaged for the "Odeon" theatre as a chorus
singer, composer and Shlikhot geyer, and on 16
January 1914 he staged here "Yoysher (Justice)",
by Solomon Shmulewitz, music by Sholom Secunda and
1915-1917 -- he was engaged
at the Lyric Theatre, initially as a chorus singer and
choir master, then as a conductor and orchestrated the
old "historic" operetta repertoire. At the same time he
studied orchestration for a year with the arriving
composer Ernest Bloch.
During wartime, S. was
matron for several months in an American fleet, and
after his release from his service, he entered into the
Yiddish theatre in Newark (director -- Sidney Hart),
where he remained for the upcoming season, and he wrote
the music to the operettas "Kinder kumt aheym
(Children Come Home)" by
Zolotarevsky, "Di goldene tsayt" by Sh.
Steinberg, and a single musical number for the staged
On 24 December 1918 at the
Liberty Theatre, there was staged S. H. Cohen's "Dos
rebes tokhter (The Rabbi's Daughter)", and then S.
H. Cohen's "Fraye shklafn (Free Slaves)", with
music by S.
1920-21 -- S., for the first
half of the season, was the conductor in Philadelphia's
Metropolitan Opera House (Director -- Boris
Thomashefsky), and the second half of the season -- in
Around that time in Gabel's
Folks Theatre, there was staged the play "Reyne
gevisn", with music by S.
In the 1921-22 season, S.
conducted and composed in Clara Young's Liberty Theatre,
where he wrote the music for Boaz Young's "Jakele
bloffer" (1 October 1921), and Israel Rosenberg's "Berele
tremp", and individual numbers for staged
melodramas, and during the 1922-25 seasons -- for Anshel
Schorr in Philadelphia's Arch Street Theatre, where he
wrote the music for the operetta, "Di amerikaner
rebetsin" by William Siegel, and later for "Di
yidishe shikse", by Anshel Schorr (staged on 18
February 1927 in Brooklyn's Liberty Theatre); "A
nakht fun libe (A Night of Love)" by Israel
Rosenberg (staged on 8 December 1927 in the Liberty
Theatre), "Der yidishe zinger" by S. H. Cohen and
A. Naumov (staged on 19 April 1924 in the Liberty
Theatre)", "Yankel karamanshtshik", and "Reyzel
fun slobodke" by William Siegel, "Unzer turhle"
by Louis Freiman, "Di geferlekhe moyd" (Kidi) by
William Siegel, and many numbers for melodramas.
1924-25 season -- S.
conducted in New York's Grand Theatre, where he wrote
music for melodramas, such as "Shlekhte khaveyrim
by Siegel et al.
1925-27 -- in the Hopkinson
Theatre, where on 19 January 1926, there was staged by
Misha German , "Mashka, a musical comedy by
Israel Rosenberg, music -- Sholom Secunda", (which
played for twelve weeks straight). On 6 September 1926
-- "Libe un frayntshaft, a comedy-drama by S. H.
Cohen, music by S."; on 24 December 1926 -- "Margarita,
libretto by Israel Rosenberg, music -- Sholom Secunda;
on 8 February 1927 -- Israel Rosenberg's "Oyf yener
zayt im, music by S." here, S. also wrote several
musical numbers for Kalmanowitz's "Shtifmames (Stepmothrs)".
On 15 April 1927, through
Aron Lebedeff, there was staged in the Public Theatre
Aaron Nager's operetta "Der kleyner milioner",
with S.'s music.
For the 1927-28 season, S.
was engaged as a conductor and composer by Anshel Schorr
in Brooklyn's Liberty Theatre, where on 27 September
1927 there was staged by Anshel schorr "Zayn yidish
meydl, libretto by Isidore Lash, music -- Sholom
Secunda", and on 10 January 1928 -- "Ven libe ruft
(When Love Calls), libretto by William Siegel, music
by Sholom Secunda."
1928-30 -- S. was in the
Rolland Theatre, where it opened on 25 September 1928
with L. Freiman's operetta, "Dos lid fun libe",
with music by S.; on 9 November 1928, here through M.
Michalesko, there was staged the melodrama "Zeyn-farshpilte-velt",
by L. Freiman and S. Wolf, with music by S.; on 22
November 1928 -- L. Freiman's operetta "Der odeser
khazan", with S.'s music; on 21 December 1928, "Sinorita,
a musical lustshpiel by Louis Freiman, music by
Sholom Secunda"; on 21 February 1929 -- Siegel's play "Hertser
fargesn nisht", with S.'s music; on 27 November
1929, staged by Misha German) -- William Siegel's
operetta "Katya's khasene" with music by S., and
on 21 November 1930 -- Israel Rosenberg and Yitzhok
Fridman's comedy "Libe oyf oystsoln" with music
1930-31 season -- in the
Rolland Theatre there was staged "Zise momentn"
by L. Freiman and William Siegel, "Oy amerike" by
N. Stutchkoff, "Ikh vil a kind" by Abraham Blum,
and "Megn mener alts?" by A. Blum, with music by
1931-32 season -- S. again
was engaged as a conductor and composer in the Rolland
Theatre, which opened with Freiman's melodrama, with
S.'s music, and soon thereafter there was performed S.'s
orchestral adaptation of the folk melodies for Menachem
Rubin's production of Sholem Aleichem's "200,000";
and on 25 December 1931 -- the operetta "Der gasn-zinger
(The Street Singer)", by Abraham Blum, music by
1932-33 season -- S. was
co-director, conductor and composer in the Lyric
Theatre, which opened on 1 October 1932 with Isidore
Lash's operetta "A meydele vi du" (music -- S.,
director -- Hymie Jacobson).
S. also composed a complete
opera "Shulamis", built on Goldfaden's libretto
and using the main melodies from "Shulamis", of which
the third act was staged in 1922 in Philadelphia with M.
Michalesko as "Absalom", and Lucy Finkel as "Shulamis";
1927 -- the third act was staged in the Bronx's Prospect
Theatre ("Absalom" -- William Schwartz); 1928 -- in the
Rolland Theatre -- a part of the first act, and the
third act ("Shulamis" -- Lucy Levin; "Absalom" -- M.
Michalesko), and in 1929 -- in the Rolland Theatre --
the first act and third act and a part of the second act
("Shulamis" -- Betty Simonoff; "Absalom" -- Harry Feld).
S. also wrote music for the
motion pictures "Eybike naronim (Eternal Fools)", "Khazanim
oyf probe (A Cantor on Trial)" and "Der seder (The
Also S. wrote compositions
for songs of Yehoshua, Reyzen, Frug, Y. Adler, a Yiddish
symphony rhapsody, as well as many compositions for
Especially popular is Sholom
Secunda's composition, "Dos yidishe lid" (text put
together by Anshel Schorr), which was put out in print
and was sung by actors on the stage, and by folk singers
and badkhanim at Yiddish simchas.
S. is secretary for the "Gezelshaft
fun yidishe kompozitors (Society of Jewish Composers)".
M. and Sh.
Hillel Rogoff --
Sholom sekunda's operete "margarita", "Forward",
N. Y., 28 January 1927.
L. Fogelman -- "Zayn
idishe meydel" -- naye operete in liberty teater,
"Forward", N. Y., 12 October 1927.
Dr. Y. Kritikus
-- Sholom sekunda, "roland teater", N. Y., 1928.
L. Fogelman -- A
naye operete in liberty teater, "Forward", N.
Y., 16 February 1928.
A. Frumkin --
Nisht in dzhez ligt di tsrh, nor in di suzhetn,
"Morning Journal", N. Y., 16 March 1928.
William Edlin --
A naye muzikalishe oyffirung fun der operete "Shulamis",
"Tog", N. Y., 10 January 1930.
William Edlin --
Di 2 naye opereten oyf der idisher bine, "Tog",
N. Y., 1 January 1932.
Hillel Rogoff --
"Der gase zinger" in roland-teater, "Forward",
N. Y., 8 January 1932.
L. Flamstein --
"A meydele vi du" -- in lirik teater, "Tog", N.
Y., 7 October 1932.