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date: 05 December 2019

Kitziger, Frederick E.locked

  • John H. Baron

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(b Altenburg, Germany, Jan 25, 1844; d New Orleans, Feb 3, 1903). American composer of German birth. He studied in Germany, and in 1865 moved to New Orleans, where he performed in marching bands as a brass player. In the 1870s he led his section in the English, then French opera orchestras; he also served as organist and choir director at St. Alphonse’s Church (1877) and St. Louis Cathedral (1880–86). From 1881 to 1903 he was organist and music director of Touro Synagogue. He occasionally conducted choirs in public concerts, and on 14 April 1879 at Grunewald Hall performed (as second violinist?) in a Haydn quartet. Although he was a Christian, he wrote hundreds of synagogue compositions for all occasions in German, English, and Hebrew, and arranged works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and others for Jewish liturgical use. By the 1890s these works had wide distribution in the United States and abroad. He also wrote Catholic church music, including ...

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