Chazzanim Avraham Baer z"l and Louis Lewandowski a"h created some of the most important books of chazzanut of the 19th century. בעל תפלה oder Der Praktische Vorbeter and Kol Rinnah U'Tefillah recorded for the first time, the oral traditions of the chazzanim of Western Europe. I have both, however my sight-reading is poor. Is there anyplace where I can find recordings of these nuschaot, in particular those of Baer, online?

I'm looking especially for niggunim for the Yomim Noraim (minchah, maariv, and Shabbat Shuvah).


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Wow! A Lewandowski fan, like me! I thought I'd never find one!

I learned and sang some of his compositions when I was part of the Yeshiva Univ. cantorial choir, years ago. I recommend that you contact the Belz School of Jewish Music, as I'm quite certain that someone there may point you in the right direction. Cantor Bernard Beer is still directing it and is still there. I first had him as a music teacher when I went to MTA, then many years later as a Cantorial teacher when I took some school courses, there. He's an "icon" and a terrific person!

Cantor Malovanni still teaches there, also, and he would be another great knowledge source, if you can reach him. Sherwood Goffin, also, is there, occasionally - another reseource. Start with Cantor Beer.

BTW - if you want to hear some fascinating Baroque Cantorial music, research stuff by Salamone Rossi. Very different from what you may be used to hearing.

  • I LOVE Salamone Rossi. I love that epoque, the arrangement, everything about it. I have a CD from my father of the Zamir Chorale and Collegium Rossi singing his compositions both kodesh and chol. Aug 22, 2014 at 15:54
  • @NoachmiFrankfurt - "Fair trade"?? I gave you an idea where you can find Lewandowski CDs. Where can I find Rossi CDs?
    – DanF
    Aug 22, 2014 at 16:32
  • @NoachmiFrankfurt - Thanks. IYH will check this after Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom and don't forget to sing, "Kol Haneshomah tehallel y-h" :-)
    – DanF
    Aug 22, 2014 at 19:59
  • @NoachmiFrankfurt - See also, chazzanut.com I haven't investigated the entire site, but, judging from its content, I think you should be able to find some downlodable excerpts
    – DanF
    Aug 25, 2014 at 15:58

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