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Hemsi, Alberto
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Alberto Hemsi (Chicurel) was born in Kassaba, Ottoman Turkey, on December 23, 1896 and died in Aubervilliers, near Paris, on October 7, 1975. His musical talent was recognized at an early age, and in 1907 he was sent to the Alliance Israélite Universelle school in Turgutlu (New Izmir), where he studied Ottoman music with Shem Tov Şikyar and synagogue music with Isaac Algazi. At around the same time, as a member of the youth band at the Société Musicale Israélite, he was also exposed to Western music (flute, trombone, cornet, clarinet, piano, and composition). With the en…

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Edwin Seroussi, “Hemsi, Alberto”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0009670>
First published online: 2010

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