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Karel Salmon

 Salmon, Karel, 1897-1974

Karel SalmonKarel Salmon, born 13 November 1897 (as Salomon Karl) in Heidelberg, Germany, died 15 January 1974, in Beit Zayit (near Jerusalem).

Israeli composer, conductor, pianist and Bariton singer. A pupil of Richard Strauss at the Berlin Academy of Arts. He became a répétiteur at the Berliner Staatsoper, sang at the Hamburg Opera and conducted in Baden-Baden. In 1933 Salmon immigrated to Palestine and settled in Jerusalem. With the establishment of the Palestine Broadcasting Service (later "Kol Israel") in 1936, he became its musical director and remained at this post until 1958. He then became the director of Kol Israel's transcription-exchange service for four years. He was one of the founders of the Israel Radio Symphony Orchestra (SO) in 1938 (now Jerusalem SO).
 
His compositions include orchestral and chamber music, operas, cantatas, piano music and songs. Many of his works attempt a blending of his European heritage with Near Eastern and Jewish folklore material.

Among his works:
 
 ·  The opera David and Goliath for Marionettes (1930)
 ·  Synphonic Suite of Greek Themes (1943)
 ·  The Sephardic Suite (1947)
 ·  Israel Lives (Am Yisrael Hai) variation for piano solo; string trio or
    string orchestra (1947)
 ·  Israeli Youth Symphony (1951)
 ·  The opera Four Times Methusalem (1965-6)

References:
 ·  Yehuda Cohen, The Heirs of The Psalmist, Israel's New Music,
    Am Oved Publishers Ltd, Tel Aviv
1990 (in Hebrew)
 ·  Encyclopaedia Judaica, Vol.17. 2nd ed. U.S.A, 2007
 

Archive Details

Creator
Salmon, Karel, 1897-1974
Title
Karel Salmon
Call No.
Repository
Music Center
Extent
2 meters
Languages
Hebrew, English, German
Source of Acquisition
Donated by his wife in 1987
Processing history
Catalogued by Claude Abravanel

Shelf No.
Music Center Archives
Scopeiandicontent
Life and Work of the Composer/Conductor
Organiztioniofithe Collection
Section
Units
Content
A
163
Original Compositions (Manuscripts)
B
64
Arrangements (Manuscripts)
C
Sketches
D
17
Documents
E
23
Articles and Library Works
F
17
Program Notes and Libretti
G
52
Letters
H
5
Programmes
I
23
Press Clippings
J
Photographs
K
1
Varia

Conditionsigoverning access:
In Music Center
Conditionsigoverning
reproductioniand copyrightistatus:
 
Authorized by the Music Center
Preferredicitation:
MUS 058, Music Center, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem
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  • Karel Salmon, the 1950's (Catalogue no. MUS 058 / I)
  • Karel Salmon (standing on the left) and members of Kol Israel Broadcasting Orchestra (Catalogue no. MUS 058 / M75)
  • Karel Salmon (first row, second from the right), with pianist Moshe Lustig, conductor Michael Taube, composers Oedoen Partos, Paul Ben-Haim and painter Reuven Rubin (Catalogue no. MUS 058 / J)
  • Karel Salmon, Beit-Zayit, the 1950's (Catalogue no. MUS 058 / J)
  • "David and Goliath", opera for marionettes, manuscript, 1930, cover page (Catalogue no. MUS 058 / A33)
  • "David and Goliath", opera for marionettes, music manuscript, 1930, first page (Catalogue no. MUS 058 / A33)
  • A programme ( in Hebrew) of a Broadcasting Orchestra' s concert conducted by Karl Salomon (karel salmon), 24.4.1940 (Catalogue no. MUS 058 / H)
  • A letter (in Hebrew) to Karl Salomon (Karel Salmon) from Dov Yosef, the Military Governor of Jerusalem, 15.12.1948 (Catalogue no. MUS 058 / G25)