Sunday musical offering

It’s the birthday of pianist, conductor, and composer Jean Berger (1909-2002). He was born in Germany to Orthodox Jewish parents, and studied in Vienna and Heidelberg, earning his doctorate in musicology in 1931. Following Hitler’s rise to power, Berger moved first to France, then to Brazil, and then to the United States. He became a U.S. citizen in 1943. Berger had a long academic career, serving on the faculties of Middlebury College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. His Brazilian Psalm, composed in 1941, remains a standard in the choral repertoire. 

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