Brod, Dovidl

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BROD, DOVIDL (Strelisker, David ; 1783–1848), Hungarian *ḥazzan. Born in Brody, Brod officiated in synagogues as a child prodigy but received no musical training. Although destined originally for the rabbinate, he entered business. His business failed and he became a professional ḥazzan in Althofen, Austria, in 1822. In 1830 he moved to Budapest where he served as ḥazzan until his death. Unable to read a musical score, he improvised his own melodies and though he left no written record of his compositions, most of the ḥazzanim of Hungary and Galicia and their pupils owed their style and their melodies to his inspiration.