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Lewandowski, Louis

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

Louis (Eliezer) Lewandowski (1821–1894) was the most significant 19th-century composer of synagogue choral music. He spent his first twelve years in the town of Wreschen (now in Poland, then in the eastern Prussia). After his mother’s death, his father sent the lad to Berlin to serve as an apprentice and meshorer (choir boy) to Cantor Asher Lion (1776–1863) at the Heidereutergasse synagogue. Lion’s choir was a primitive one, comprising a few singers who would improvise support…

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