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Herman Berlinski


BERLINSKI, HERMAN (1910–2001), composer. Born in Leipzig, Berlinski studied piano, composition, and conducting at the Leipzig Conservatory (1927–32). He left Germany in 1933 and went to Paris, studying piano with Alfred Cortot and composition with Nadia Boulanger at the Ecole Normale de Musique (1934–38). In 1939 he joined the French Foreign Legion but on the fall of France he emigrated to the United States (1941). Berlinski's style combines twelve-tone techniques with traditional Hebrew cantillation. His works include a cantata, Habakkuk, pieces for organ and piano, Flute Sonata (1941), Violin Sonata (1949), Symphonic Visions (1949) and liturgical Jewish compositions – Kaddish (1953), Avodat Shabbat (1957), and Kiddush ha-Shem (1958).


Baker's Biographical Dictionary; M. Kayden, "The Music of Herman Berlinsky," in: Bulletin of the American Composers Alliance 3 (1959).

[Israela Stein (2nd ed.)]

Source: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2008 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.