What is the process to revive a lost composition? Sam Zerin founded a nonprofit called the Joseph Achron Society, which revives lost Jewish composition
Sam Zerin founded a nonprofit called the Joseph Achron Society, which revives lost Jewish composition. With help from a few major Jewish classical music organizations, Zerin has re-published two large orchestral works by Achron, and gotten them performed by major international musicians.
During this chat with Sam Zerin, we discuss jewish composition and other topics like:
- From Michigan, studied at University of Michigan, now pursuing a Ph.D in musicology at NYU
- Used to play piano and chello, wanted to be a traveling pianist
- High school, when he fell in love with music
- Got 4 rejections letters from music school, blessing in disguise
- University of Michigan only school with undergraduate in music history, still access to piano/faculty
- Skip lunch to find out about music and more about the composer
- Became the teachers´ Personal Musicologist, carried a pocket music dictionary
- Around the World in 60 min, came across a dissertation about jewish composers
- “All i want for Hanukkah is a dissertation”….Sam said to his parents, not a thing most kids want.
- Reading a dissertation lead him to founding his own nonprofit Joseph Achron Society
- Jewish classical music, not Klezmer/synagogue music
- The St. Petersburg Score Project , reviving the Jewish Music back to the 1908 founding of The Society for Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg, the first Jewish musical institution permitted in Russia.
- 80 composition by The Society for Jewish Folk Music, only found half so far
- Searched libraries all over
- Over 60 youtube videos of Joseph Achron´s “Hebrew Melody”
- Worldcat, library catalogue from all over the world, search for music by “”, no one had sheet music
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Fundraising
St. Petersburg Score Project
The Joseph Achron Society
SONG OF THE SHOW
Hebrew Melody by Joseph Achron