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Miron (Michrovsky), Issachar

MIRON (Michrovsky), ISSACHAR (1920– ), Israeli composer. Born in Poland, Miron studied composition and conducting at the Warsaw Conservatory. He settled in Ereẓ Israel in 1939. He served in the British Army's Jewish Brigade and during that period composed his most popular song "Tzena, Tzena" ("Come Out, Come Out"). This song was performed and recorded all over the world by singers such as Pete Seeger, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, and Richard *Tucker. Following the establishment of the State of Israel, he served in the Israeli Army as the director of music and art programs. From 1957 to 1961 he edited Zemirot, the Jewish Agency folk music periodical. In 1959 he was awarded the Engel Prize for his compositions. In 1963 he went to the U.S. where he continued to compose music. Among his many compositions of instrumental and liturgical music are: Kol Rinah be-Ohalei Yisrael: A Sabbath Service of Israel for Cantor, Chorus (SATB) and Organ (1963), Tripartiture Epigram for violoncello and piano (1975), Sephardic nocturno for violoncello and piano (1975), Klezmer Reflections for oboe and piano (1980), and many popular songs. His archive is at the Music Department at the Jewish National University Library, Jerusalem.

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.