Art

Alexander Tansman

Polish composer

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.

1897-1986
Picture from Polish Music Center

Karel Salmon

Israeli composer

Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Salmon studied composition with Richard Strauss at the Berlin Academy of the Arts, and later worked as a repetiteur at the Berlin Staatsoper, singer at the Hamburg Opera, and conductor in Baden. He immigrated to Palestine in 1933, and was the first musical director of the Palestine Broadcasting Service (later Kol Israel), from 1936-1958, later becoming the director of Kol Israel's transcription-exchange service until 1962. Salmon also taught at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

1897-1974
Picture taken from the National Library website, under fair use.

Davit Civita

Italian musician

Italian musician. One of the group of Jewish musicians connected with the court of the Gonzagas of Mantua. Known from only one publication: a collection of seventeen three-voice Canzoni (italian songs) which has the marking, "Madrigali Ebrei" (Hebrew Madrigals).

Source: Encyclopedia Judaica.

17th century

Alexander Weprik

Composer

Born in Balta (today Ukraine), and studied at conservatories in Leipzig, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. Later taught at the Moscow Conservatory (1924-1942). His compositions include orchestral and choral works as well as chamber music, some which contain Jewish themes.

1899-1958

Robert Starer

Composer

Born in Vienna, and came to Palestine after the annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany. After serving in the British Air Force, he settled in the U.S. where he taught at several academies. As a composer, Starer wrote music for ballet, opera, concerti, and in several other styles and genres. His compositions include works with Jewish themes or Hebrew texts, such as: Kohelet, Sabbath Eve Service, among others.

1924-2001

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