Talk:Papirossen Variations (Solomons, David Warin)

Curious about the origins of Papirossen

If anyone has info on the origins of the Papirossen song, I should be interested to know. I have heard a soprano sing the original song, which is the slow and sad song of a poor cigarette seller who cannot get any buyers (papirossen being the Russian, and hence Yiddish, word for a sort of cheap cigarette (also related to the Polish papieros)). The melody itself is confirmed by ACUM (the Israeli equivalent of ASCAP) as "traditional", but I have found no other information.
My particular setting is much more lively, mainly because I found the tune in an old book and began variations on it before hearing the authentic lament of the soprano, but it seems to work that way :-)