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Andor the Spielmann
Andor the Spielmann

Andor the Spielmann

A Jewish Life for Music


264 Pages, 6 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: January 2012

ISBN 9783487085081

Rights: US & CA

Georg Olms Verlag AG (Jan 2012)
Georg Olms Verlag

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The life story told here is interwoven with the political turmoil and human uprooting of the 20th century. A childhood in German-occupied Hungary, with its systematic persecution of the Jews, gives way to youth and young adulthood caught within the straightjacket of a socialist society. Brought up in a devout, strictly observant Jewish family, Andor Izsák experiences the call of music as the constant guiding-light of his life. Faith and music together lead him to rediscover the great tradition of 19th century synagogue music, and he makes it his mission to restore this music, and with it the organ in all its incomparable resonance, to its former place in Jewish worship. In Hanover, Germany, he finally comes close to his goal. These memoirs touch us with joy and suffering. Related consistently from the point of view of their subject, they are expressed in a captivatingly succinct, frequently humorous style.