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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands$
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François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764739

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764739.001.0001

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Moshe Koussevitzky (1899–1966) in Vilna, Warsaw, and Russia

Moshe Koussevitzky (1899–1966) in Vilna, Warsaw, and Russia

(p.31) Moshe Koussevitzky (1899–1966) in Vilna, Warsaw, and Russia
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32

Akiva Zimmermann

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the years spent in Vilna, Warsaw, and Russia by Moshe Koussevitzky, one of the greatest cantors of the twentieth century. It recounts Moshe's path to the position of chief cantor at the Great Synagogue of Vilna. It also mentions Shlomo Scharf, who had returned with other Lithuanian refugees from Russia and sang in the choir of Taharat Hakodesh synagogue. The chapter discusses Moshe's marriage to Raya Zrankin and their settlement into an apartment on Dominikanska Street, in the Jewish quarter. It points out how Moshe was deeply influenced by Eliasz Zaludkowski's easy handling of the nusah hatfilah.

Keywords:   Vilna, Warsaw, Russia, Moshe Koussevitzky, Shlomo Scharf, Raya Zrankin, nusah hatfilah, chief cantor, Great Synagogue of Vilna, Taharat Hakodesh synagogue

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