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Israel Lazarus Mombach

Israel Lazarus MombachISRAEL LAZARUS (JULIUS) MOMBACH (1813 – 1880) was born in Pfungstadt, Germany. A son of a cantor, he too received a musical education in 1828 under the Rev. Enoch Eliasson, who was the first reader of the Great Synagogue in London.

Mr. Mombach was appointed choir director in 1841 and held this position until his death. It should be noted that he was a contemporary of Louis Lewandowski of Berlin and Salomon Sulzer of Vienna. His talents included being an accomplished pianist, a teacher at Jew’s College, as well as a composer of liturgical music. His music was published a year after his death in 1881 as The Sacred Musical Compositions of the Late Israel Lazarus Mombach (N’im Z’mirot Yisrael).

It is interesting to note that Mr. Mombach’s music is still used today and is performed in a number of communities throughout the world. His music also is included in the famous blue book The Voice of Prayer and Praise (Shir Kenneset Yisrael), which contains large selections of his pieces.

— Prepared by Dr. Ralph M. Selig


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