Sendrey, Alfred

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SENDREY, ALFRED (Szendrei, Aladar ; 1884–1976), musician and writer on music. Born in Budapest, Sendrey became an operatic conductor in Hungary. From 1911 to 1914 he conducted in Chicago and New York, and later in Berlin, Vienna, and Leipzig. He wrote on radio music and conducting, but his most important work was an extensive Bibliography of Jewish Music which, completed in 1943, was published in 1951 (reprinted 1969). It was the first work of its kind and became a standard book of reference. From 1945 to 1952 he taught at the Westlake College of Music, Los Angeles, and in 1962 became professor of Jewish music at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. Sendrey published several works on the history of Jewish music, including Music in Ancient Israel (1969). His compositions include an opera, a ballet, and a number of orchestral and choral works.


A.M. Rothmueller, Music of the Jews (19672), 283.