A critical edition of a musical ceremony for the festival of Hosha'ana Rabbah from the Italian Jewish community of Casale Monferato (1732), found in Ms. Ginzburg 807 at the Lenin State Library in Moscow. Score for 5-6 voices, strings and oboes. Includes liturgical texts and the cantata "Dove in the Clefts of the Rock". The score is preceded by a historical introduction and a facsimile edition of the original Hebrew libretto.
Cantor and composer in Germany and later in the US
Hugo Adler was born in Antwerp, Belgium. He sang in the choir of Yossele Roenblatt in Hamburg, officiated as cantor in the Haupt-Synagoge in Mannheim, Germany (1921-1939), and studied composition with Ernst Toch. In 1939, he immigrated to the US, and there he officiated as cantor at Temple Emanuel in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1940 until his death in 1955.
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.