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Simchat Torah, Cantata, Alois Kaiser, Philadelphia 1889

שמחת תורה - Only Edition - Music

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  • Lot Number 53591
  • Title (English) Simchat Torah, Cantata
  • Title (Hebrew) שמחת תורה
  • Note Only Edition
  • Author Alois Kaiser
  • City Philadelphia
  • Publisher (Brophy Bros)
  • Publication Date 1889
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2425085
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Physical Description

Only edition 17 pp., quarto, 275:178 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original title-wrappers, rubbed.


Detail Description

Musical score by Alois Kaiser (1840 - 1908), American chazzan and composer, considered to be the founder of American cantorate. Kaiser was born in Szobotist, Hungary. He received his early education in the religious school of the Vienna congregation under Dr. Henry Zirndorf, and then studied at the Realschule and the Teachers' Seminary and Conservatory of Music in Vienna. From the age of 10, he sang in the choir of Salomon Sulzer, and in 1859, became an assistant cantor in Fünfhaus, one of the suburbs of Vienna (now a part of Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, the 15th Viennese district). From 1863 to 1866, he was cantor at the Maisel Synagogue at Prague.

Kaiser arrived in New York City in June, 1866, and in the following month was appointed cantor of the Oheb Shalom congregation in Baltimore, Maryland. He was for several years president of the Society of American Cantors. From 1895, he was honorary member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which in 1892 entrusted him and William Sparger with the compilation of the musical portion of a Union Hymnal, published in 1897.


Hebrew Description



Wachs 401; Singerman 3819; Wikipedia; JE