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SAMUEL ADLER  

(b 1928 )

Samuel Adler is unique among those established mainstream American composers whose Jewish identities have played a formative part in their work. He has written prolifically for the Hebrew liturgy and has been consistently active in the American cantorial and Jewish music infrastructure. Adler was born in Mannheim, Germany, where his father, Hugo Chaim Adler, was a respected cantor. After the family’s immigration he became his father’s choir director at the age of 13. Adler studied composition with Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Walter Piston, and Randall Thompson, and conducting with Serge Koussevitzky. He was music director of Temple Emanuel in Dallas from 1953 until 1966, when he became professor of composition at the Eastman School of Music. His compositions include more than 400 works spanning nearly all media, apart from his large liturgical output. Adler has served on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1997, while remaining professor emeritus at Eastman.

Orchestral Music

Samuel Adler’s orchestral music includes five symphonies and a number of concertos. In these he makes use of varied techniques, including elements of serialism.

Vocal and Choral Music

Adler’s vocal and choral music includes much written for Jewish liturgical use or otherwise of Jewish inspiration. At the same time he has written music that is more lighthearted, including settings that range from Catullus to Dr Seuss. His oratorio The Binding draws on the Bible and the Midrash for its texts.

Opera

Adler’s operas include the moving The Outcast of Poker Flat, The Wrestler (based on the story of Jacob) and the music drama The Lodge of Shadows.

View by Role: Classical Composer | Conductor
Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ADLER, S.: Cantos III, VI A, X, XVI, XIX and XXI / Close Encounters / 5 Snapshots (Fulmer, Kelly, Eldan, Muroki, Iznaola, June Han) Naxos
8.559743
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
ADLER, S: Of Musique, Poetrie, Art, and Love / Flute Sonata / Piano Concerto No. 3 / Pasiphae Naxos
8.559602
Instrumental, Vocal, Chamber Music, Concertos
ADLER: Symphony No. 5 / Nuptial Scene / The Binding Naxos
8.559415
Choral - Sacred, Chamber Music, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
Choral Concert: Essential Voices USA - HOCHMAN, L. / LUDWIG, D. / PAULUS, S. / BERNSTEIN, L. / GILBERTSON, M. (Celebrating the American Spirit) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92162
Choral - Secular
HANUKKA CELEBRATION (A) Naxos
8.559410
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
Harpsichord Recital: Vinikour, Jory - POWELL, M. / COWELL, H. / ROREM, N. / ADLER, S. (Toccatas: Modern American Music for Harpsichord) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92174
Instrumental
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE SINGING SERGEANTS: Jubilant Song (A) Altissimo
75442261632
Choral - Secular
WUORINEN / STARER / ADLER: Music for Saxophones BIS
BIS-CD-953
Chamber Music
Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ADLER: Symphony No. 5 / Nuptial Scene / The Binding Naxos
8.559415
Chamber Music, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
BERNSTEIN: Jewish Legacy (A) Naxos
8.559407
Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Vocal
DIAMOND: Ahava / Music for Prayer Naxos
8.559412
Vocal
HANUKKA CELEBRATION (A) Naxos
8.559410
Choral - Sacred
HELFMAN: Di Naye Hagode Naxos
8.559440
Choral - Sacred
IN CELEBRATION OF ISRAEL Naxos
8.559461
Orchestral, Vocal
JACOBI, F.: Cello Concerto / Hagiographa / Sabbath Evening Service Naxos
8.559434
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
PSALMS OF JOY AND SORROW Naxos
8.559445
Choral - Sacred
ZAIMONT: Sacred Service for the Sabbath Evening (excerpts) / A Tale of Abram and Isaac Naxos
8.559444
Vocal




 
 
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