Composer, Synagogue singer, Musicologist, French Jewish reformer of synagogue music & choirmaster
Samuel Naumbourg was born in Dennelohe, Bavaria, groomed from a young age to continue the long line of professional hazzanim in his family. He received his formal musical education in Munich where he was recruited to sing in Maier Kohn’s synagogue choir. Naumbourg’s early appointments included a cantorial post in Besançon and a position as choirmaster of the Synagogue in Strasburg.
Born in Novogrudok, Russia. Officiated as cantor in various European communities and in South Africa before immigrating to Israel in 1932, where he became a popular cantor in Tel Aviv. Has published Kol Yisrael, a two-volume work containing his compositions and arrangements of traditional tunes.
Born in Trnjani (today Ukraine). Studied in Zagreb and Vienna (1928-1932), was an opera singer, and performed across Europe. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1955, where he taught voice at Indiana University. Rothmüller composed chamber and choral music, and Sephardic and Ashkenazi songs. According to Eliot Kahn, Rothmüller identified 20 of his compositions as Jewish music. As an author he published The Music of the Jews.
Born in Belaya Tserkov, Ukraine, immigrated to the U.S. in 1912. Widely considered the most popular cantor of his time, Rosenblatt composed and arranged numerous religious works and had a major influence on the cantorial world that followed him.