Israël Lovy (1773-1852)

Reformer of the French consistorial music in the beginning of the 19th century

PLAYLIST below

Born into a lineage of cantors from Poland and Pomerania, Israël Lovy, born on August 31st 1773 near Dantzig (Germany), is one of the forerunner of the reform of the French Jewish cult.

Hired in 1818 by the Consistoire of Paris, he becomes chief cantor of the new temple on rue Notre Dame de Nazareth in 1822. For ten years he will organize the musical cult of this first consistorial temple by introducing many musical items from classical music (choral singing accompanied by the organ, composition of new songs in major or minor mode, etc.).

Hit by a breast disease, he dies prematurely on January 7th 1832 at the age of 59.

According to his grand-son Eugène Emmanuel, Israël Lovy created for the new consistorial cult « a choral composed of fifteen to twenty young children, completed with his singing helpers. In addition to the melodies that he brought from Germany, he composed new songs for all the different ceremonies. At the same time, he contributed with the notables of the Consistoire, to settle the ceremonial of the reading of the holy books, of the Torah and of the big holidays of the year. » *

Read the complete biography of Israël Lovy


* Cf. Eugène Manuel, biographical notice on Israël Lovy, which was used as a forward to the collection of Religious Songs composed for Hebrew prayres by I. L., former cantor of the Jewish Temple of Paris, published by his family, for the administration of the Jewish Temple of Paris and to the Ménestrel, 1862, 159 p.

Ato Hou_Lovy Israel_Marcel Lorand et le choeur de la synagogue de Strasbourg
Berouchim_Lovy Israel_Michel Heymann
Leel Aulom_Lovy Israel_Michel Heymann
Ochamnou_Lovy Israel_Michel Heymann
Yigdal_Lovy Israel_Michel Heymann
Ki kechimho_Lovy Israel_Hector Sabo_polyphonie hebraiques de Strasbourg

Listen to

In case the music player doesn't open, you must allow the opening of pop-ups for the website iemj.org in your browser settings.

  • Ato Hou_Lovy Israel_Marcel Lorand et le choeur de la synagogue de Strasbourg

  • Berouchim_Lovy Israel_Michel Heymann

  • Leel Aulom_Lovy Israel_Michel Heymann

  • Ochamnou_Lovy Israel_Michel Heymann

  • Yigdal_Lovy Israel_Michel Heymann

  • Ki kechimho_Lovy Israel_Hector Sabo_polyphonie hebraiques de Strasbourg

Lire tout

You may also like

Kol Nidre - New Visions

LATEST RELEASE OF THE EIJM. This CD presents 10 new musical visions Kol Nidre prayer, performed by 20 musicians (singers, pianist, harpist, (…)

Gala concert of the European Institute for Jewish Music – 4th edition

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11th 2018, 5h30pm, Salle Cortot - Paris, the EIJM invites you to its Great Gala Concert. PURCHASE TICKETS NOW on the EIJM’s online (…)

The Hourglass, a musical journey through the Jewish soul

Concert organised by the EIJM and 3rd quarter of Paris’ Townhall, as part of the Festival of Jewish Cultures, on June 21st 2018, 6 PM, with (…)

Twenty nigunim for clarinet and piano by Claudine Movsessian and Martine Vialatte

The EIJM is proud to announce the release of a musical score, Twenty Nigunim for clarinet and piano, by Claudine Movsessian et Martine (…)

Release of a new musical score by Fernand Halphen at the EIJM Editions

The EIJM is pleased to announce the release of an original musical score by the composer Fernand Halphen, the Romance in E major for cello and (…)