Biographies

Josef Tal (Gruenthal) - Biography

Josef Tal (b. Pine, Germany 1910 - Jerusalem 2008, immigrated in 1934), composer, pianist, conductor, and lecturer, has gained an exceptional reception in the last decades. As one of the most published local composers, about 100 of his pieces have been published by the Israel Music Institute. He was the most distinctive among the first generation of composers who principally opposed the use of folklorism and orientalism. This may have reflected his education in Berlin in the late 1920's, where he was immensely influenced by the Second Viennese school.

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Alexander Tansman - Publications

Alexander Tansman - Biography

Born in Lodz, Poland, studied music in his hometown and in Warsaw. Moved to Paris in 1921, spent WWII (1941-1946) in the US, but returned to Paris in 1946. Tansman incorporated Jewish elements into his works and was influenced by the neo-classical style.

Sources: Abravanel, Claude, and Yulia Kreinin. "Tansman, Alexander." Encyclopaedia Judaica.

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Dave Tarras - Publications

Dave Tarras - Biography

Dave Tarras was born in Ternovka, near Uman, and immigrated to New York in 1921. He was one of the most famous Klezmer musicians of the 20th century.

Extended biography, including musical samples click here

Additional biography, at National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) website, click here

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Moshe Taube - Publications

Moshe Taube - Biography

Born in Cracow, Poland. After the holocaust, he immigrated to Palestine, where he worked as a cantor in Tel- Aviv. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1957, and officiated as cantor in New York and later in Pittsburg. Taube developed a unique style as a cantor and composed original melodies for prayers.

Sources: Encyclopedia Judaica, FAU Libraries website. Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. 

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Obadiah the Proselyte - Biography

Born in Oppido Lucano, Italy. At birth given the name Johannes. In 1102 converted to Judaism, and in order to further his study of Judaism traveled to Constantinople, Baghdad, and Palestine, finally settling in Egypt and becoming a member of the thriving Jewish community situated there, where he wrote his memoirs. Obadiah's writings contain the earliest surviving manuscript source of Jewish music notation of synagogue chant.

Sources: Encyclopedia Judaica, Grove Music Online.

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Boris Thomashevsky - Publications

Boris Thomashevsky - Biography

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Ernst Toch - Publications

Ernst Toch - Biography

Full biography in Milken Archive.

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Ilia Trilling - Biography

See biography in MIlken Archive.

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Richard Tucker - Biography

Richard Tucker was born in New York, U.S.A. In addition to his work as Hazzan, he was a highly regarded American opera tenor.

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Tzefira, Brakha

Israeli Singer and collector of Jewish Yemenite music.
1910-1990

Brakha Tzefira - Publications

Brakha Tzefira - Biography

Childhood and Studies

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