Music

Joshua Weisser (Pilderwasser)

Cantor & composer

Joshua Samuel Weisser (Pilderwasser) was born in 1888 in Novaya Ushitsa, Ukraine. As a child, Weisser was exposed to the tradition of Hassidic melodies and Hebrew zemirot through his father Aba Pilderwasser. Weisser began his formal musical education with the local hazzan of Novata Ushitsa, who taught him solfege and sight singing. He participated in many local synagogue choirs, studying under notable chazzanim such as Eliezer Gerovich.

1888-1952

Bezalel Shulsinger

Cantor

Born in Uman, also know as 'Bezalel Odesser.' Served as cantor in Odessa for about thirty-five years, later moving to Jerusalem. His compositions (notated by his students) achieved great popularity and had a strong influence on synagogue music.

1779-1873

Samuel Naumbourg

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.

1817-1880

Joseph Yasser

Jewish music researcher & collector

Jewish music researcher & collector. Born in Lodz, Poland. Studied in Moscow, and in 1923 moved to the US. Worked as an organist in various synagogues and was one of the founders of the American Musicological Society. His research deals with theories of tonality, Russian music, and Jewish music (Biblical instruments, Biblical cantillation, etc.)

1893 - 1981

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