Composer

Yoel David Lewensohn- Strashunsky

Catnor and composer

Yoel David Lewnsohn-Strashunsky was born in Liepaja, Latvia. He worked as a cantor in Vilna (1830-1841), and achieved fame in Lithuania and Poland as a cantor and as a choir leader. In 1841 he left his family and moved to Warsaw to further his studies and career, giving concerts in Poland. In 1849, he severed his ties with his family and ended his life in an asylum. Lewensohn Became a legendary figure due to his talent and his tragic life. Several of his compositions have been preserved.

1816-1859

Boris Levenson

Composer and conductor

Born in Bessarbia. Studied and worked as a conductor in St. Petersburg, settling in the U.S. in 1921. As a composer, he had an inclination towards Jewish music, composing several works on Jewish themes, and writing arrangements of Jewish songs. 

1884-1947

Maier Kohn

Cantor and teacher

Born in Schwabach, Bavaria (today Germany). Worked as a cantor and as an educator in Munich. His book, Vollstaendiger Jahrgang von Terzett-und Chorgesaengen der Synagoge in Muenchen, is considered the first modern collection of synagogue melodies. It includes his own compositions, as well as compositions by others.

Source: Encyclopedia Judaica.

1802-1875

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