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Tzefira, Brakha

Israeli Singer and collector of Jewish Yemenite music.
1910-1990

Brakha Tzefira - Publications

Brakha Tzefira - Biography

Childhood and Studies

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Amnon Shiloah - Publications

Amnon Shiloah - Biography

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Betty Olivero - Publications

Betty Olivero - Biography

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Ami Maayani - Publications

Ami Maayani - Biography

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Erich Walter Sternberg - Publications

Erich Walter Sternberg - Biography

Erich Walter Sternberg (Berlin, 1891 – Tel-Aviv 1974, immigrated in 1932) was the first local composer performed by the Palestine Orchestra (1937). His style was mostly conservative, post-Romantic, fluent and rich. His works were later often related as “non-local,” or “more Jewish than Israeli” because of that Zeitgeist favoring East-West syntheses, and hence under-appreciated – as was his major work, The Twelve Tribes of Israel — symphonic variations that he wrote in 1938.

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Josef Tal (Gruenthal) - Biography

Josef Tal (b. Pine, Germany 1910 - Jerusalem 2008, immigrated in 1934), composer, pianist, conductor, and lecturer, has gained an exceptional reception in the last decades. As one of the most published local composers, about 100 of his pieces have been published by the Israel Music Institute. He was the most distinctive among the first generation of composers who principally opposed the use of folklorism and orientalism. This may have reflected his education in Berlin in the late 1920's, where he was immensely influenced by the Second Viennese school.

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Joel Walbe - Publications

Joel Walbe - Biography

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.

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Noam Sheriff - Publications

Noam Sheriff - Biography

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Joachim Stutschewsky - Publications

Joachim Stutschewsky - Biography

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Michal Smoira-Cohn - Publications

Michal Smoira-Cohn - Biography

Born in Tel Aviv, Michal Smoira-Cohn studied at the Palestine Academy of Music (graduated 1947), and later at Uppsala University in Sweden (1956-1958). Among her many activities in Israel's music scene are, to name a few: Editor of Bat Kol magazine; director of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra; music critic for Ha'aretz newspaper; and lecturer at Tel Aviv University and at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. Her writings discuss subjects such as Israeli folksongs, and various phases in the history of Jewish music.

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