A German University is set to receive an important collection of Jewish liturgical music. The donation of the collection of Robert Singer, a Viennese cantor, will make the University of Augsburg home to one of the main collections of Jewish liturgical manuscripts and recordings in Europe. The acquisition was formally presented June 25 in a celebration in the Central Library of the University of Augsburg. After introducing his collection, Singer was joined by Paul Chaim Eisenberg, Vienna’s Chief Rabbi, in a concert of cantoral music.
Singer, the Hungarian-born son of an Orthodox Rabbi, is an insurance broker by trade. On the High Holidays, he leads services throughout Europe, including at synagogues in Vienna, Berlin, Mainz, Saarbrücken, Cannes, Vevey, Brussels and Gothenburg.
The Singer collection comprises 20,000 sheets of printed music, 2,000 pages of handwritten scores and nearly 500 audio recordings. It will join the university library’s other main collection of synagogue music, that of Marcel Lorand (1911-1988), cantor of the Budapest Main Synagogue after the Second World War, which was acquired in the 1980s.