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Paul Ben-Haim (Frankenburger)

Hebrew: פאול בן-חיים
Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Munich, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany
Death: January 20, 1984 (86)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Immediate Family:

Son of Heinrich Frankenburger and Anna Frankenburger
Husband of Heli Ben-Haim
Brother of Ernst Frankenburger; Therese Gutmann; Dora Freudenreich and Karl Frankenburger

Occupation: Israeli composer
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About Paul Ben-Haim

Paul Ben-Haim (or Paul Ben-Chaim, Hebrew: פאול בן חיים) (5 July 1897 – 14 January 1984) was an Israeli composer. Born Paul Frankenburger in Munich, Germany, he studied composition with Friedrich Klose and he was assistant conductor to Bruno Walter and Hans Knappertsbusch from 1920 to 1924. He served as conductor at Augsburg from 1924 to 1931, and afterwards devoted himself to teaching and composition, including teaching at the Shulamit Conservatory.

Ben-Haim emigrated to the then British Mandate of Palestine in 1933 and lived in Tel Aviv, near Zina Dizengoff Square. He Hebraized his name, becoming an Israeli citizen upon that nation's independence in 1948. He composed chamber music, works for choir, orchestra and solo instruments, and songs. He championed a specifically Jewish national music: his own compositions are in a late Romantic vein with Middle Eastern overtones, somewhat similar to Ernest Bloch.

His notable students include Eliahu Inbal, Henri Lazarof, Ben-Zion Orgad, Ami Maayani, Shulamit Ran, Rami Bar-Niv, Avraham Sternklar and Noam Sheriff.

Ben-Haim won the Israel Prize for music in 1957.


Paul Ben-Haim, Milken Archive of Jewish Music

Paul Ben-Haim, The National Library of Israel


About פאול בן-חיים (עברית)

ויקיפדיה: פאול בן חיים (5 ביולי 1897, מינכן – 20 בינואר 1984, תל אביב) היה מלחין ישראלי אשר נחשב לאחד החשובים בתולדות המוזיקה הקלאסית הישראלית

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Paul Ben-Haim's Timeline

July 5, 1897
Munich, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany
January 20, 1984
Age 86
Tel Aviv, Israel