SIMCHATH TORAH : CANTATA FOR SOLI AND CHORUS ; WITH HEBREW AND ENGLISH WORDS
[Baltimore?] : A. Kaiser, Brophy Bros. 889. Item #36979
1s edition. Original Paper Wrappers, 4to, 17 pages; 28 cm. In English and Hebrew. “Alois Kaiser (1840 - 1908) was an American chazzan and composer, considered to be the founder of American cantorate…. From the age of 10 he sang in the choir of Salomon Sulzer, and in 1859 became an assistant cantor in Fünfhaus, one of the suburbs of Vienna (now a part of Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, the 15th Viennese district) ; from 1863 to 1866 he was cantor at the Maisel Synagogue at Prague. Kaiser arrived in New York City in June, 1866, and in the following month was appointed cantor of the Oheb Shalom congregation in Baltimore, Maryland. He was for several years president of the Society of American Cantors. From 1895, he was honorary member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which in 1892 entrusted him and William Sparger with the compilation of the musical portion of an Union Hymnal, published in 1897” (wikipedia, 2016) . "English version by A. Kaiser. ” With organ accompaniment. SUBJECT(S) : Cantatas, Sacred. Simhat Torah music. OCLC lists 3 copies worldwide (JTS, Gratz, NLI) , none in the US outside the Northeast. A comparable copy sold at auction in 2016 for almost USD 500. Occasional pencil notations, old internal tape repair, otherwise Very Good Condition (music-5-47) xx.