MAX HELFMAN (1901 - 1963)
Born in Poland, the son of a local cantor and teacher, Max Helfman moved with his family to the United States at the age of eight and was throughout his career closely connected with the synagogue, at first on the East Coast and from 1952 on the West Coast. His compositions include music of largely Jewish inspiration, sacred or secular.
Orchestral and Choral Music
Helfman’s Di Naye Hagode (‘The New Haggada’) is a choral tone-poem on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, based on the Yiddish text of the Ukrainian Jewish writer Itsik Fefer. Hag Habikkurim (‘Festival of the First Fruits’) sets modern Hebrew songs and The Holy Ark – Aron Hakkodesh is a setting of parts of the Torah Service.