Abras Ozjasz Joszua

Ozjasz Joszua Abras - Personal data
Date of birth: 1820
Place of birth: Brody
Date of death: 25th November 1896
Place of death:
Occupation: baritone singer, cantor, composer of religious music
Related towns: Ternopil, Wiedeń, Weimar

Abras Uzziah Joshua, known as Pitze (1820, Brody [Berdychiv] – 25 November 1896, Odessa) – baritone singer, cantor, composer of religious music.

Abras started to perform as a member of various choirs ca. 1828, singing under such cantors as Model from the Great Suburban Synagogue in Lviv or Becalel Odesser, with whom he toured around various cities in southern Russia. For some time, he studied under the direction of Salomon Sulzer in Vienna and under Franz Liszt in Weimar [he claimed this himself]. In 1840–1842, he was a cantor at the Perl Synagogue in Ternopil. In 1842, he moved to Lviv. In the years 1844–1860, he was a cantor in the Templum Progressive Synagogue at the Old Market Square. He also taught singing at a Jewish-German school. In 1860, he moved to Odessa and became a cantor in the Municipal Synagogue. He published a piece titled Zimrat-Jah. Gottesdienstliche Gesänge der Israeliten (Vienna, 1874), written for the voice of a cantor accompanied by a choir.


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