KAHN, ERICH ITOR (1905–1956), composer and pianist. Born in Germany, Kahn spent some time in France and then settled in the United States. He was a distinguished performer of chamber music. As a composer, he was influenced by the *Schoenberg school, and he also made frequent use of ḥasidic material. Among his important compositions are: Rhapsodie Hassidique, for mixed chorus (1938); Ciaccona dei tempi di guerra, for piano (1943); Nenia Judaeis Qui Hac Aetate Perierunt, for cello and piano (1943); Actus Tragicus for ten solo instruments (1946); and Three Madrigals for Mixed Choir (1956). He died after a road accident.

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