[Mus. 83] Dessauer Synagoge-Gesänge

Call Number: Birnbaum Collection Mus. 83

Attribution: Unknown scribe; Various composers

Place: Dessau, Germany

Date: Unknown

Physical Description: Ink on paper; 91 pages; 1 score ; 26.5 x 19 cm.

Subject: Shabbat, Shavuot, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashana, Hazzan & Meshorerim, Wedding Music,


Synagogue music for four voice choir and cantorial soloist in German and Romanized Hebrew. German pieces often in chorale style, with Hebrew responses. Some pieces for two lead singers (vorsänger) in counterpoint.


Western notation with full-text underlay in German and Romanized Hebrew (Ashkenazi pronunciation).


In Birnbaum’s catalog, he writes, “Der Original bei der Gem. Dessau. Entlieen von Horwitz daselbst,” indicating that provenance of the manuscript.


Has Eduard Birnbaum bookplate.


C.f. Mus. 104 – Two scores of polyphony from the Jewish community in Dessau, Germany.


Link to Manuscript record in the HUC Library Catalog