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Samuel Naumbourg

Samuel NaumbourgSAMUEL NAUMBOURG (1815 – 1880) was a cantor, composer and scholar who rejuvenated synagogue song in Paris according to the musical practice of the late 19th century. He was born in Dennelohe, Bavaria, into a family of cantors. He received his musical and cantorial training in Munich with Roder and Cantor Maier Kohn.

After holding the office of chazan-shochet (cantor-ritual slaughterer) in Besancon, France, and choirmaster in the synagogue of Strasbourg, he was invited to officiate at the Great Synagogue in Paris. It was during his time in Paris that he became associated with Jacque Halevy. Together, Cantor Naumbourg and Mr. Halevy exerted great influence on synagogue musical practices. The French government commissioned Cantor Naumbourg to arrange a service to be introduced into all French synagogues, and his work resulted in his earning the title of Chief Cantor of Paris in 1845. Cantor Naumbourg was held in great esteem by the Paris community and was appointed professor of liturgical music at the Seminaire Israelite. Prior to his death he was elected Officier de l’Academie.


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