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Jewish Composers (Classical)

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  • Oscar Nathan Straus (1870 - 1954)
    ) ) Oscar Nathan Straus (6 March 1870 – 11 January 1954) was a Viennese composer of operettas and film scores and songs. He also wrote about 500 cabaret songs, chamber music, and orchestral an...
  • Max (Mordecai) Ettinger (1874 - 1951)
    Max Ettinger (born 27 December 1874 in Lemberg ; died 19 July 1951 in Basel) was an Austrian-German-Swiss composer and conductor. Life Ettinger was the grandson of the Chief Rabbi of Lemberg and th...
  • Herbert Julius Zipper (1904 - 1997)
    Several sources including the following: Basic birth data from IKG-Wien Archives courtesy of 116818 1904 1080 1 Wien Zipper Herbert J. Emil / Regina R./Westr* Further detail...
  • Jacques Jacob Offenbach (1819 - 1880)
    La Belle Helene - La Vita è Bella - Barcarolle , Orpheus in the Underworld Overture , "Orphée aux Enfers" Galop Infernal (Can can) , "La belle Hélène" Overture . J...
  • Salamone Rossi (1570 - 1630)
    Italy: Salome Rossi Between Worlds The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive In the late Renaissance, at the height of Mantua’s artistic splendor, a young Jewish violinist burst through the barriers...

This project is an invitation to add profiles of composers who identify as Jews or are ethnically Jewish. Another project may be created for Jewish composers of popular music. At times the lines may seem blurred with such composers as George Gershwin and Kurt Weill, whom I am including here.