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Many students of Jewish liturgy know of Abraham Dunajewski (1843-1911), the Russian cantor  who wrote the book Israelitische Tempel Compositionen for Sabbath and whose setting of Av Harachamim became popular throughout the world. Many individuals of Russian extraction know of Isaak Dunayevsky (1900-1955), the renowned Soviet composer and conductor who is considered one of the greatest Soviet-standard composers of all time and a favorite of Stalin. What many do not know, however, is that the latter Dunayevsky is the grandson of the former Dunajewski, and that much of his internal tonality was influenced by his liturgy-composing grandfather during his early childhood. Tracks 1 and 2 of Crypto Jewish Melodies: Semitic Sounds of Soviet Extraction directly juxtapose Dunajewski's famous Av Harachamim against one of his grandson's greatest hits, Heart. 

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