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Lev Mikhailovich Pul’ver

composer , conductor , viola player

Lev Pul’ver, USSR Viola player, conductor, composer.

Background

Pul’ver, Lev was born on December 18, 1883 in Verkhnedneprovsk.

Career

Member of the orchestra of the BolshoiTheatre, first as a violinist, and later as viola soloist, 1909-1923. Conductor and music director at the Moscow Jewish Theatre, 1922-1949. Wrote music using Jewish folk motives and Jewish classical writers’ works.

Also wrote music for films, and songs. Disappeared from the musical scene after 1949 at the time of the antiSemitic campaign. Regarded by critics as a classic of Jewish music.