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.
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.
Viktor Ullmann was born in Teschen (now Český Těšín), Czech Republic on January 1, 1898. Ullmann’s father was an officer in the Austrian Imperial Army stationed in Teschen. In 1909, the Ullmann family moved to Vienna, and Viktor began studying music theory with Dr. Josef Pohlaneur.
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).
Born in Bessarabia (today Moldova), immigrated to Palestine in 1946. Founded and directed the Rinat Choir (1955-1974), the Israel Chamber Orchestra (1964-1975) and other Israeli musical establishments. Was an acclaimed conductor in Israel and abroad. As a composer, known mostly for his incidental theater music.
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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.