Israël Lovy (1773-1852)

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

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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. » *

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* 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.

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  • 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

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