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Max Spicker

Max Spicker
MAX SPICKER (1858 – 1912) was a German Jewish musician, composer and conductor. Born in Königsberg, Prussia, he studied with Louis Köhler for five years and then attended Leipzig Conservatory from 1877 to 1879.

In 1882, Mr. Spicker moved to New York, where he began conducting the Beethoven Männerchor, a German musical society. From 1888 through 1895 he was director of the Brooklyn Conservatory, after which he was a teacher of harmony and counterpoint at the National Conservatory in New York. And for 12 years he served as choir director of our own Temple Emanu-El.

Mr. Spicker also worked for music publisher G. Schirmer, for which he edited the Anthology of Sacred Song and Operatic Anthology. Both became standard anthologies for young singers. He also revised the T. Tertius noble edition of Handel’s Messiah, which remains in wide use.

Before his death, Mr. Spicker was named an honorary member of the Society of American Cantors.

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