Schalit, Heinrich

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SCHALIT, HEINRICH (1886–1973), composer. Schalit was born in Vienna and studied at the musical conservatory there. He settled in Munich, where he worked as music teacher and as organist at the Great Synagogue. In 1933 he left Germany and was appointed organist at the Great Synagogue in Rome. He later emigrated to the U.S., where he was organist for congregations in Providence, Rhode Island, and Denver, Colorado. Among his sacred compositions are his Friday Night Liturgy, his Hebrew Song of Praise, and his setting of Psalm 98. He also wrote orchestral, chamber, and piano music, as well as songs.