Biographies

Al-Mansur Al-Yahudi - Biography

Court musician. Al-Mansur Al-Yahudi was court musician for the Umayyad Caliph Al-Hakam I in Cordoba, Spain in the early ninth century. An historical source from  the 17th century suggests that he was instrumental in bringing the famous musician Ziryab to Cordoba in 822, thus helping  to initiate "the splendid era of Arab music in Spain inaugurated by Ziryab."*

*Shiloah, Amnon.

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Albaradani, Joseph

Liturgical poet (paytan) and cantor in the Great Synagogue of Baghdad
10th century

Joseph Albaradani - Publications

Joseph Albaradani - Biography

Joseph Albarandi lived in Baghdad during the tenth century. Sources suggest that he was of Babylonian origin and probably lived his whole life in Baghdad. According to his name, his family came from Baradan- a suburb of Baghdad. Albarandi composed poems for the Annual Torah reading cycle, in addition to various piyutim. His father, Haim Albaradani was a cantor and a poet, and his piyutim had probably influenced Joseph.

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Gil Aldema - Biography

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Haim (Heinz) Alexander - Biography

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Isaac Algazi - Publications

Isaac Algazi - Biography

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Leon Algazi - Publications

Leon Algazi - Biography

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Alman, Samuel

Composer of Synagogue and Secular Music
1877-1947

Samuel Alman - Publications

Samuel Alman - Biography

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Yardena Alotin - Biography

Yardena Alotin (Tel-Aviv, 1930-1994) is the only well known woman composer of her generation. She studied with Partos (also with Boskovich, Seter, Ben-Haim), and in 1975-6 she served as composer in residence at Bar-Ilan University. In addition to her often performed piano pieces, such as Suite (piano, 1974), her modest oeuvre also includes choir works such as Yefei Nof (1952), Psalm 133 (1965), and Holiday Song (1984). These follow the Mediterranean style in its early and later developments.

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Israel Alter - Publications

Israel Alter - Biography

Born in Lvov, (today Ukraine), studied music in Vienna, and officiated as a cantor in Europe and South Africa before immigrating to the U.S. in 1961 where he was a faculty member at Hebrew Union College. He composed cantorial works and musical settings to Yiddish poems.

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Joseph Altschul - Biography

Cantor-composer, teacher and Thalmudic-scholar. Born in Vilna. Studied Talmud in Courland and cantorial arts in Berdichev with Yeruham Blindman. Officiated as cantor in Slonim (1870-1888) and Grodno (1888-1898).  Was a popular cantor and attracted many pupils.

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