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BYRON, Lord.

Hebrew Melodies.

Stock Code
107041
London, Printed for John Murray, 1815
£750

'The subsequent poems were written at the request of the author's friend, the Hon. D. Kinnaird, for a Selection of Hebrew Melodies, and have been published, with the music, arranged, by Mr, Braham and Mr. Nathan.'

Isaac Nathan (c. 1791-1864) was a Jewish-English composer, musicologist, journalist and self-publicist. Son of a synagogues cantor, Nathan was classically trained by Domenico Corri, who was the student of legendary vocal teacher Nicola Porpora. In 1813 he conceived the idea of publishing settings of tunes from synagogue usage and persuaded Lord Byron to provide the words for these. The result was his famous Hebrew Melodies. The work used, for the most part, melodies from the synagogue service, though few if any of these were in fact handed down from the ancient service of the Temple in Jerusalem, as Nathan claimed. To assist sales, Nathan recruited the famous Jewish singer John Braham to place his name

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First edition, 8vo. Contemporary publisher's calf, gilt, rebacked, front cover detached, marbled edges; pages crisp and clean. [6], 53 pp.

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