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The Synagogical Service Part II Service for the Sabbath Morning Emanu-El
G. Schirmer, Inc, New York 1901 - [2], 87 pages. Wrappers detached from book block. "William Sparger 1860 - 1904, the third cantor of Temple Emanu-El in New York, was born in Tallya, Hungary, where his father was the local rabbi of the district. William sang in the synagogue choir from his youth, and in 1879 he began studies at the University of Vienna. He may also have studied at the conservatory there. In 1861 he was briefly the reader/hazzan at the synagogue in Dortmund (Westphalia), after which he performed the same function at the historic synagogue in Worms, which dated to medieval times. He immigrated to America in 1883 and served as both rabbi and cantor of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. In 1890 he was elected cantor and music director of Temple Emanu-El, where he began his tenure in 1891 and continued until 1903. Sparger collaborated with Cantor Alois Kaiser in compiling and editing Songs of Zion: A Collection of the Principal Melodies of the Synagogue from the Earliest Time to the Present¿the historic souvenir anthology for the Jewish Women¿s Congress under the Auspices of the World¿s Parliament of Religions¿an Auxiliary (the World¿s Congress Auxiliary) of the 1893 World¿s Columbian Exposition (World¿s Fair) in Chicago. He jointly edited, together with Temple Emanu-El¿s organist and choirmaster Max Spicker, The Synagogal Service (1901)¿divided into two parts: Part I for Sabbath eve services and Part II for Sabbath morning. This collection, which came to be known informally among cantor and choir directors simply as ¿Spicker-Sparger,¿ was widely used throughout American Reform congregations. It contains original compositions by Sparger and Spicker as well as various others, and adaptations from such classical composers as Charles Gounod and Anton Rubinstein. The s¿u sh¿arim adaptation from a Roman Catholic Mass by Gounod was especially popular at one time and is typical of that sort of reliance upon non-Jewish operatic and oratorio literature. Sparger was also interested in the academic and historical aspects of Jewish liturgical music, and he wrote several related articles for journals and magazines. His subjects included the problems synagogue music was facing in America, the historical bases of Hebrew liturgical music, and even homiletical and theological topics. He made the first known attempt in America at a bibliographic study of Jewish music, ¿Literature on the Music of the Jews,¿ published in 1892 in The American Hebrew. Sparger¿s intellectual pursuits also concerned the relation of synagogue modes to Ambrosian and Gregorian church modes." By: Neil W. Levin. MAX SPICKER (August 16, 1858 -October 15, 1912) was a German American organist, conductor and composer. Spicker was born in Königsberg, Prussia. He studied piano with Louis Köhler for five years, and then attended Leipzig Conservatory from 1877-1879. In 1882 he moved to New York city, where he began conducting the "Beethoven Männerchor" and worked as a reader for the music publisher G. Schirmer. He was Director of Groschel's Brooklyn Conservatory from 1888 to 1895, after which he was a teacher of harmony and counterpoint at the National Conservatory in New York. He also served for 12 years as choir director of Temple Emmanuel on Fifth Avenue. He was a member of the New York Musician's Club and an honorary member of the Society of American Cantors. He died October 15, 1912, in New York City, survived by a wife and son. Spicker eventually became an editor for G. Schirmer, editing such collections as the four-volume Anthology of Sacred Song and the five-volume Operatic Anthology. In their day, both publications became standard anthologies for young singers. He also revised the T. Tertius Noble edition of Handel's Messiah for Schirmer, which remains in wide use. As a composer, most of his works were for solo voice or chorus, although he did complete several larger works. He was also an arranger of works for voice and orchestra . . . . [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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