Music good 88.
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Israeli choir conductor Henry Klausner, a leader of this country's choral movement, died last week at the age of 90.
Born in Berlin in 1918, he came to Israel with the Youth Aliya at the age of 16. After starting to conduct choirs at an early age, he eventually became head of the Histadrut's Music Department. There, he published sheets of choral music at a time when scores were not yet available in this country.
Together with Aaron Zvi Propes in 1952, he was a cofounder of the Zimriya, the triennial World Assembly of Choirs in Israel. Thanks to his broad-minded initiative, the Zimriya was later opened to non-Jewish choirs, too, while at first it was confined to Jewish choirs only. He was also a cofounder of the International Federation of Choral Music.
Israel's vibrant choral life would certainly not have become what it is today were it not for the untiring efforts and initiatives of Klausner.