Joel Engel (composer), Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Joel Engel (composer)


Date of Birth: 16-Apr-1868

Place of Birth: Berdiansk, Zaporizhzhya Oblast, Ukraine

Date of Death: 11-Feb-1927

Profession: composer, teacher, music critic, journalist, musicologist, ethnomusicologist

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Joel Engel (composer)

  • Joel (or Yoel) Engel (Russian: ???? ?????????? (?????) ??????, Yuliy Dmitrievich (Yoel) Engel, 1868—1927) was a music critic, composer and one of the leading figures in the Jewish art music movement.
  • Born in Russia, and later moving to Berlin and then to Palestine, Engel has been called "the true founding father of the modern renaissance of Jewish music."As a composer, teacher, and organizer, Engel inspired a generation of Jewish classical musicians to rediscover their ethnic roots and create a new style of nationalist Jewish music, modelled after the national music movements of Russia, Slovakia, Hungary and elsewhere in Europe.
  • This style - developed by composers Alexander Krein, Lazare Saminsky, Mikhail Gnesin, Solomon Rosowsky, and others - was an important influence on the music of many twentieth-century composers, as well as on the folk music of Israel.
  • His work in preserving the musical tradition of the shtetl - the 19th-century Jewish village of eastern Europe - made possible the revival of klezmer music today.

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