Music

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

Joel Walbe

Israeli composer

Joel Walbe was born in Shepetovka, Volhynia (today Ukraine). As a boy, his education was standard for wealthy Jewish families in Russia. He first studied Torah in the Heder, and then proceeded to general studies with private teachers.

1900-1982

Moses Michail Milner (Melnikoff)

Composer

Moses Michael Milner was born in Rokitno, Ukraine. He sang with famous cantors in Kiev, later studying music in Kiev and in St. Petersburg, where he participated in the founding of the Society for Jewish Folk Music (1908). He composed many works based on Jewish themes, as well as Jewish liturgical works. Apart from Jewish music, Milner wrote choral and orchestral works, operas, piano pieces, songs and incidental theater music.

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1883-1953

Heinrich Schalit

Composer

Born in Vienna, Austria. Studied in Vienna, and later worked as an organist in synagogues in Munich and in Rome. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1940 and held positions as a synagogue organist in various cities. As a composer, Schalit wrote orchestral, chamber, and piano music, as well as songs. He used Hebrew poetry for some of his compositions, and composed Jewish liturgical music. 

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1886–1976

Edward Stark

Hazzan & composer

Edward Stark was born in 1856 in Hohenems, Austria to father Josef Stark, a local cantor and butcher. As a young boy, Edward sang in his father’s choir along with his three older brothers.

1856-1918

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