An Aborted Renaissance

by Samuel Adler, PhD.

The following is a speech given by Samuel Adler  at a Conference on the Future of Jewish Music in Potsdam, Germany.

It was almost 90 years ago in 1921 when my father Hugo Chaim Adler took a position as second cantor at the Hauptsynagoge in Mannheim, Germany. He had graduated from the Seminary in Köln and the Hochschule für Musik in that city also and was ready to change the world. What did that mean?  Well, it meant to challenge the existing musical atmosphere in his new position. (more…)

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