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date: 28 March 2020

Wilensky, Moshe locked

  • Natan Shahar

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(b Warsaw, April 17, 1910; d Tel-Aviv, Jan 2, 1997). Israeli composer of Polish birth . Through the Zionist youth movement Ha-shomer ha-sa‘ir he met Isaac Adel, who founded and conducted a youth choir that sang Hebrew songs. Adel had a huge influence upon Wilensky, directing him towards study in composition and conducting at the Warsaw State Conservatory. On the completion of his studies in 1932, Wilensky emigrated to Palestine. Working as a pianist in the Mandate (Broom) Theatre, he became acquainted with the Yemeni singer Esther Gamlilit. He wrote a few songs for her in a typical Yemeni style. He also composed music for the documentary film company Carmel. In 1944 he was appointed in-house composer of the Li-la-lo theatre company. There he met the singer Shoshana Damari, who subsequently became the distinguished performer of his songs. During the Independence War, Wilensky and Damari toured and entertained troops; after the war in ...

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