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Paul Ben-Haim (Composer)

Born: 5th July 1897, Munich, Germany

Died: 20th January 1984, Tel Aviv Yafo, Isreal

Nationality: Isreali

Paul Ben-Haim (or Paul Ben-Chaim, Hebrew: פאול בן חיים) was an Israeli composer. Born Paul Frankenburger in Munich, Germany, he studied composition with Friedrich Klose and he was assistant conductor to Bruno Walter and Hans Knappertsbusch from 1920 to 1924. He served as conductor at Augsburg from 1924 to 1931, and afterwards devoted himself to teaching and composition, including teaching at the Shulamit Conservatory in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Ben-Haim emigrated to the then British Mandate of Palestine in 1933 and lived in Tel Aviv, near Zina Dizengoff Square. He Hebraized his name, becoming an Israeli citizen upon that nation's independence in 1948.

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