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Cantor’s Notes

A Note From the Cantor. Every month I have to think of something I could write for our newsletter. Some months it’s easier than others. What can I write about Jewish music that is informative, and interesting? Sometimes a holiday holds the key to a good article, and sometimes, I just have to sit back and really think. With Jewish music there is a very rich history to discover. So many composers have added their unique skills to our worship repertoire that to discuss them would take many articles, so I would have many months to write about many wonderful musicians, cantors and composers. I am beginning with Saloman Sulzer, considered ‘The father of modern Chazanut’ by cantors and Jewish composers of today. He was one of the first composers to combine classical harmonies and traditional synagogue music. He introduced the use of choirs to modern Jewish worship. The melodies he composed are still used in synagogues today. In our congregation, we use Sulzer’s High Holyday Shema, his Ein Kamocha during the Torah Service, and what is thought of by many as a “traditional shema” for Saturday morning prayer. He was born Salomon Levi in Hohenems, Austria in 1804. When his family moved to Sulz after being exiled from Hohenems they changed their name to Sulzer. Salomon’s story is a little bit like the story of Samuel. Salomon’s mother dedicated his life to God after he survived nearly drowning in the Alpine River as a child, similarly to Hannah dedicating Samuel to God when she was finally given a child. continued on page 5

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