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Heinrich Schalit

Heinrich SchalitHEINRICH SCHALIT (1886 – 1976) was born in Vienna and studied organ and composition at the State Academy of Music in Vienna. A widely respected composer, poet, organist and musical director, Mr. Schalit was the organist at the Great Synagogue in Munich before it was annihilated by the Nazis. Forced to leave Germany in 1933, he subsequently accepted an offer to become the musical director of the Great Synagogue in Rome.

In 1940, Mr. Schalit was exiled from Italy, whereupon he immigrated to Rochester, N.Y. Further stays in Providence, R.I., and finally Denver and Evergreen, Colo., produced a lifetime of work. Mr. Schalit has composed choral anthems and instrumental works, as well as sacred, liturgical and life-cycle musical settings.


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