Access and Provenance

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder Listing

A Finding Aid to the

Julius Chajes Papers 

Manuscript Collection No. 714

1934-1985. 1.2 Linear ft.


 The Julius Chajes Papers were donated to the American Jewish Archives by Annette Chajes in 2004. All literary rights to the Julius Chajes Papers are held by the Chajes heirs. All literary rights to other materials are held by the individual author or his/her heirs. Questions concerning rights should be addresed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. The papers are available to researchers in the reading room of the Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.


Julius Chajes, born in Lvov in 1910, studied the piano under Richard Robert, Julius Isserlis, Mr. and Mrs. Moriz Rosenthal and composition under Hugo Kauder. His first string quartet, written at the age of thirteen was performed in 1934 together with his second string quartet by the famed Rose Quartet for Chajes’s farewell recital in Vienna. At the age of fifteen Chajes performed his Romantic Fantasy with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He was the Honor Prize winner at the First International Competition for Pianists in Vienna in 1933. One year later he was appointed head of the piano department at the Music College of Tel Aviv.

During his stay in Israel, Chajes conducted extensive research on ancient Hebrew music. In the wake of this research and local influences Chajes transformed his style of composition and became known as one of the foremost composers of modern Israeli music.

After coming to the United States in 1937 he played three recitals in Town Hall. In 1940 he accepted positions in Detroit, including a teaching post at Wayne State University.

Chajes died in Detroit in 1985.


The Julius Chajes Papers contain the compositions of Julius Chajes and encompass orchestral and vocal music. The music is arranged alphabetically either by name or the first letter of the piece. There is also one file, “Personal” in box 4, file 12, which contains awards and a notebook.


Box  Folder    Contents
1	1	A, general.
			Adarim (in the mountains) Hebrew Song   Voice and Piano
			“Adarim” Israeli Shepherd Song  Score
			Adelaide by L. van Beethoven   arr. by Julius Chajes
			Air Varie “  for Piano
			“And the Waves stood still” (Tzidkiel)
			Andante for Violin, Cello and Piano
			Avinu Malkenu for Mixed Voices and Piano or Organ arr. Julius Chajes
	2	B, general.
			“Blissful Land – I never saw thee”  Introduction and Aria of Lapidoth
			Boah Dodi Lavri – Chajes
			Boruch Eloheinu arr. Zilberts – Chajes
			Borchu  Mi Chomocho
			By the rivers of Babylon (137th Psalm)
			By the rivers of Babylon (137th Psalm)  Voice and Piano
	3	C, general.
			1 LP recording Chajus Plays Chajus Concerto – Opus 48
			Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
			Chanukah Song for S.A.T.B. and Piano or Organ
			The Chassid for Violin or Violoncello and Piano
			Concerto For French Horn and Orch.
			El Hanegev. Arr. By Max Helfman
			Emek by Mark Lavri 
			Evening Song
	4	Capriccio for Violin.
	5	"Eros: Symphonic Poem."
	6	E-F, general.
			El Hanegev. Arr. By Max Helfman
			Emek by Mark Lavri  Choral parts
			Evening Song
			Fanfare  Trumpet
			Flower Song3/1
			Four Israeli Folk Songs for Oble and Bassoon  arr. J. Chajes
			Four Little Dances for Piano
			Four Little Dances  No. 1 in A: Aeolian
			Four Piano Pieces For Young People
	7	Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra.
	8	Fugue in A Minor.
	9	G, general.
			Gefangnis (3.5 Seidenstein)
			Gefunden (Soethe)
	10	H, general.
			Hag Purim
			Hallellujah (Psalm 98)   For Solo Voice and Mixed Choir
			Hallellujah (Psalm 98)  Dedicated to the reunited City of Jerusalem
			Happy Birthday
			Hassidic Dance for Piano Solo   Rosowsky – Chajes
			Hatikvah    Dedicated to Dr. Chaim Weizman First President of the State of Israel arr. 
				Julius Chajes, Score
			Hebrew Suite for Flute and String Orchestra 
				1.  Prayer
				2.  In Galilee
				3.  Hora
				4.  Walls of Zion
			Hora for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon
			How Can I Reveal  Aria of Thamar from the opera “Out of the Desert”
			Hymn of Freedom  Shir Cheruth from the opera “Out of the Desert”
			Hebrew Suite for Orchestra, Full Score

2	1	I, general.
			No. 9 Interlude
			Israeli Dance  edited by Nathan Gordon
			Israeli Dance  by Shaul Ben-Meir
			Israeli Nights
			No. 26 Israeli Sheperd Song
			It Ain’t Gonna Rain (Folk song from Kentucky) arr. Hugo Kauder
			Three Little Tailors (English Folk Song) arr. Hugo Kauder
	2	Konzert fur Violincello mit Orchestra.
		Kacha (This Way)  Zaira-Chajes
		Mozart  Kadenz Konzert Klaniy  in d (?)
		Kadenz violin Johanes Brehus (?)
	3	M-N, general.
			Maracia Funebre
			3 Mazurkas
			Mazurka fur cello allein Op. 22
			Mi anachnu? Yisrael! (We’re the People Israel)  Istvan Szelenyi
			Melody and Dance for English Horn and String Orchestra
			Melody for Cello and Piano
			Melody  In Memory of Samuel James Leve
			Mourner’s Prayer  For the Victims of the Warsaw Ghetto
			Nilo Kaddish  arr. Schorr
			The 97th Psalm for Mixed Voices and Organ
	4	O, general.
			Old Jerusalem
			Olive Trees Are Standing (Atsey Zeytim Omidim)
	5	The One-Hundred and Forty-second Psalm.
	6	Out of the Desert.

3	1	P, general.
			Palestinian Dance 
			Palestinian Nights
			(Palestinian Nights) Nights in Canaan
			Palestinian Melodies
			Plaintive Song  Karoly Fraknoi
			Prayer Based on a traditional Melody by J. Neumann
			Prelude Op. 57 for Organ
			The Promised Land Cantata
	2	Piano Concerto No. 1.
	3	Rejoice in Zion.
	4	Sa-So, general.
			Shavua tov
			Scherzo Op. 26
			Shabbat Shalom  Sabbath Eve Service
			Shepherd Song
			Shepherds Story   Herbert Fromm
			The builders song
			Shir roim   Marc Lavry
			Shivisi    Lewondowsi
			Sirati   Marc Lavry Op. 50
			Six Piano Pieces For Young People
			Sonata In D Minor
			Soneta III
			Sonata In A Minor
			Sonata for flute and piano
			Song for Americans
			Song for Americans  Text by Herman Wise
			Song of the Camel Driver
			Song of Love
			Song Of The Jewish Partisans
			Song Of the Pioneers
			Song of Galilee
	5	Serenade D'Amore.		
	6	Song of the Pioneers.

4	1	St, general.
			Streichquartett in G moll
			Streichquartett in G  Op. 18 No. 3
			String Quartet No. 1
			Suite from Jacob and Rahel   Rosowsky-Chajes		
	2	String Quartet No. 2 in G.
	3	Suite for Strings.
	4	T, general.
			Ten Israeli Folk Songs
			This Way   Zaira-Chajes
			Thou Art The Creator
			3 Melodies in Slavic Folklore for Orchestra
			Three Responses for The Sabbath Service
			Trio in D Minor
			Two Cadenzas  Haydn: Piano Concerto 1st Movement; Mozart, D -466 3rd.Movement
			Two Fugues in modo antico
			Tzena Tzena   Michrovsky

	5	Theme and Variation.
	6	Two Roumanian Folk Songs.
	7	U, general.
			Uvashofor Godol    Leo Low
			Urah Yisrael  Hebrew Song
	8	Valse Sentimentale.
		Valse triste
	9	W-Y, general.
			Walls of Zion
			We strode through the Waves from “Out of the Desert”
			When Yisrael left Mitzrayim   Psalm 114 from “Out of the Desert” 
			Where the Tigris Flows
			Yevorech’cho  arr. H.F.
	10	Z, general.
			Zion, Rise And Shine
			Zipra’s Song
			Zochrenu     Stark
	11	Two Composer’s Notebooks (untitled small pages of music).
	12	Personal, includes:
			3 certificates
			Program “Golden Anniversary Weekend” to Honor Prof. Jason H. Tickton’s 50th anniversary 
				as Organist at Temple Beth El
			Letter signed Mother and Papa from Italy written on “Valencia” music. July 29
			Brochure “The Music of Julius Chajes” Transcontinental Music Publications
			Program “Fort Street Presbyterian Church”  Intervaith Yom Hashoah Memorial Service
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