Samuel Naumbourg (1817-1880)

Reformer of the French Jewish cult in the second half of the 19th century

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Born on March 15th, 1817 in Bavaria, Samuel Naumbourg learns cantorial art very young. He studies singing and composition in Munich and takes part in the town’s new community’s choir. Pioneer in ethnomusicology, he starts to gather and to write an important part of the Ashkenazi oral tradition of South Germany.

Between 1838 and 1845, he leads the synagogal choirs of Strasbourg and Besançon’s communities.

In 1845, he is appointed to the cantorship of the consistorial temple in Paris, with the recommandation of Fromental Halévy, and a trial period of one year. Samuel Naumbourg wants to give back to the divine service the pump it deserves. For this, he continues the changes that started, a few years before, Israël Lovy (1773-1852) by recreating a choir that he leads with success for several decades, and for whom he composes new tunes.

He passes away the 1st of May 1880, leaving for posterity four important synagogal music collections written between 1847 et 1874, mainly for soloists, choir, with accompaniment of the harp, the piano or the organ.

For this, Naumbourg can be considered as one of the precursors of the reform of the French Consistorial cult.

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01 - Naumbourg - Avinou malkenou - Adolphe Attia - Concert La Victoire 1986 - EXTRAIT
02 - Naumbourg - Seou shearim - Andor Izsak - 200 Jahre Synagogeorgel - EXTRAIT
03 - Naumbourg - Mimaamakim - Ensemble vocal hebraica - dir Hector Sabo - Chants et emotions - EXTRAIT
04 - Naumbourg - Beroch Hachono - Michel Heymann - Liturgie juive traditionnelle
05 - Naumbourg - Veshomerou - Andre Stora - Chants liturgiques hebraiques
06 - Naumbourg - Lekho Dodi - Marcel Lorand - Liturgie Synagogale - EXTRAIT
07 - Naumbourg - Adoshem - Shalom Berlinski La voix de la ferveur - EXTRAIT
08 - Naumbourg - Veteerav atiratenou - Emile Kacmann - EXTRAIT
09 - Naumbourg - Mismor Lesodo - Alberto Mizhahi - dir Andor Izsak - Die Stimme der Synagoge vol 1 - EXTRAIT
02 - Naumbourg - Seou shearim - Andor Izsak - 200 Jahre Synagogeorgel - EXTRAIT

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  • 01 - Naumbourg - Avinou malkenou - Adolphe Attia - Concert La Victoire 1986 - EXTRAIT

  • 02 - Naumbourg - Seou shearim - Andor Izsak - 200 Jahre Synagogeorgel - EXTRAIT

  • 03 - Naumbourg - Mimaamakim - Ensemble vocal hebraica - dir Hector Sabo - Chants et emotions - EXTRAIT

  • 04 - Naumbourg - Beroch Hachono - Michel Heymann - Liturgie juive traditionnelle

  • 05 - Naumbourg - Veshomerou - Andre Stora - Chants liturgiques hebraiques

  • 06 - Naumbourg - Lekho Dodi - Marcel Lorand - Liturgie Synagogale - EXTRAIT

  • 07 - Naumbourg - Adoshem - Shalom Berlinski La voix de la ferveur - EXTRAIT

  • 08 - Naumbourg - Veteerav atiratenou - Emile Kacmann - EXTRAIT

  • 09 - Naumbourg - Mismor Lesodo - Alberto Mizhahi - dir Andor Izsak - Die Stimme der Synagoge vol 1 - EXTRAIT

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