Kahn, Esther (1877-1962)

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Kahn, Esther
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composer; music teacher; pianist; musician; instrumentalist; music therapist; organist
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Esther Kahn was a composer of songs, solo piano, organ, and chamber music, and was a pioneering exponent of music therapy in Australia. At the age of five she made her first public appearance as a pianist in London. She won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music but was unable to commence because her family migrated to Australia. Upon her arrival in Sydney in 1883 she began study with Josef Kretschmann, performing a recital from memory in the Sydney Town Hall aged twelve. She was also an organist, and as an adult had a busy music teaching career. Her first compositions were published in the 1890s. A number of her works appeared in the Australian Musical Album 1894. A number of her organ works were performed by Auguste Wiegande, the virtuoso organist, during his residence in Australia in that decade. When the new ragtime style came into vogue in the twentieth century, Kahn maintained a more serious older style, catering for a middle class audience. On the other hand, she wrote numerous works, including many settings of poems by Heine, which she chose not to publish for fear they would not appeal to public taste. One of Kahn's most remarkable contributions to Australian musical life was her work in promoting and practicing music therapy. She formed an Australian branch of the International Society for Music Therapeutics in Sydney in the 1920s, and conducted therapy sessions with patients at the Gladesville mental hospital from 1928 to 1935. She was actively involved in a number of clubs, including the Sydney Lyceum Club, and was for three years president of the Josef Kretschmann Memorial Club.

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Resources by Esther Kahn (7)

  1. Valse brillante : in E Major / by Esther Kahn
    Kahn, Esther, 1877-1962
    [ Printed music : 1921 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    At 3 libraries
    Valse brillante : in E Major / by Esther Kahn
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 56,587.652)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 56,587.652)

  2. Spring song : piano solo / by Esther Kahn
    Kahn, Esther, 1877-1962
    [ Printed music : 1924 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
    At University of Sydney
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 56,270.426)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 56,270.426)

  3. Berceuse for violin and piano / by Esther Kahn
    Kahn, Esther, 1877-1962
    [ Printed music : 1936 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    Berceuse for violin and piano / by Esther Kahn
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 55,877.789)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 55,877.789)

  4. An old world minuet : for violin and piano / by Esther Kahn
    Kahn, Esther, 1877-1962
    [ Printed music : 1936 ]
    At 3 libraries
    An old world minuet : for violin and piano / by Esther Kahn
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 55,664.637)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 55,664.637)

  5. Sweet idleness : entr'acte for piano solo : op. 33 / Esther Kahn
    Kahn, Esther, 1877-1962
    [ Printed music : 1913 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    At 3 libraries
    Sweet idleness : entr'acte for piano solo : op. 33 / Esther Kahn
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45,844.105)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45,844.105)

  6. Captain Cupid : song / words by Alice H. Allnutt ; music by Esther Kahn
    Kahn, Esther, 1877-1962
    [ Printed music : 1913 ]
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    At 3 libraries
    Captain Cupid : song / words by Alice H. Allnutt ; music by Esther Kahn
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 44,759.188)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 44,759.188)

  7. Little songs for the little folks / by Joseph Kretschmann ; arranged by Esther Kahn
    Kretschmann, Josef
    [ Printed music : 1918-1935 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 34,365.852)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 34,365.852)

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  1. As I remember it / Esther B. Kahn
    Esther B. Kahn
    [ Book : 2000 ]
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  2. The whole Megillah (almost) / Shoshana Silberman ; illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn
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    [ Book : 1990 ]
    Languages: English;Hebrew, [1 other]
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  3. La pourpre et le jasmin, ou, Le roman de la reine Esther / Michèle Kahn
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    [ Book : 2000 ]
    Languages: French
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  4. Unlocking your voice : freedom to sing / by Esther Salaman ; with a foreword by Mark Elder
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  1. APPLICATIONS TO PURCHASE LAUD IN VIRTUE OF IMPROVEMENTS.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Saturday 4 August 1900 [Issue No.764 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 6141

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  2. Index page
    New South Wales Police Gazette and Weekly Record of Crime (Sydney : 1860 - 1930) Tuesday 31 December 1912 [INDEX Jan 1912-Dec 1912] p 23

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    ... Johnson David. 490, 516 Johnson Eliza Ann, 133 Johnson Ernest, 205, 238 Johnson Esther Jane, 109 Johnson ... Emily Ma.v, 231 Jones Ernest, 158 Jones Ernest, 347 Jones Ernest Victor, 147 Jones Esther, 52 Jones ... 1247 words
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    New South Wales Police Gazette and Weekly Record of Crime (Sydney : 1860 - 1930) Saturday 31 December 1887 [INDEX Jan 1887-Dec 1887] p 17

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    ... Edward, 20 Johnson Robert Morrison, 29 Johnson Maria, 29 Johnson Joseph, 45, 240,270 Johnson Esther ... Andrew, 64 JurgeuB Frederick, 2 Jurgineon Eliza, 72 K Kable Herbert, 290, 339, 360 Kahn Bernard, 69 ... 1249 words
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    The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955) Wednesday 25 September 1929 p 19 Article Illustrated
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  2. ESTHER KAHN.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 14 August 1937 p 9 Article
    ... ESTHER KAHN. A lectiirc-rrcltal of original compositions by Esther Kahn, nnd a talk on voice ... 33 words
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  3. MISS ESTHER KAHN'S CONCERT.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 17 October 1908 p 14 Article
    ... MISS ESTHER K AHN'S CONCERT On Monda} night at bt Tames s Hall Miss Esther Kahn will join with Mr ... 53 words
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  1. Recreating Postmemory? Children of Holocaust Survivors and the Journey to Auschwitz
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    [ Article : 2008 ]
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  2. My Fair Lady (9 March 1977 - 26 March 1977) [Event Description]
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  3. Lilac Time (5 November 1976 - 20 November 1976) [Event Description]
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  4. Cortical brain abnormalities in 4474 individuals with schizophrenia and 5098 control cubjects via the enhancing neuro imaging genetics through meta analysis (ENIGMA) consortium
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    [ Article : 2018 ]
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  1. Esther Kahn / Empire Pictures presents a film by Arnaud Desplechin ; written by Arnaud Desplechin and Emmanuel Bourdieu ; produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Chris Curling ; a production of Why Not Productions and Zephyr Films ; directed by Arnaud Desp ...
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    [ Video : 2000-2002 ]
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    Esther Kahn / Empire Pictures presents a film by Arnaud Desplechin ; written by Arnaud Desplechin and Emmanuel Bourdieu ; produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Chris Curling ; a production of Why Not Productions and Zephyr Films ; directed by Arnaud Desplechin
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 810.017)

  2. Wedding song / words by Wrenn Sutton ; music by Esther Kahn
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    [ Printed music : 1914 ]
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  3. The watermill : for piano solo / by Esther Kahn
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    [ Printed music : 1922 ]
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  4. Intermezzo : morceau de ballet pour piano, op. 25 / Esther Kahn
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    [ Printed music : 1910-1919 ]
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    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
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  2. Biographical notes from the Australian musical album : miscellaneous research materials in the Musica Australis collection / written by W.J. Banks
    Banks, W. J.
    [ Published : 1900-1970 ]
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  3. [Collection of music for songs written in the United States and Australia, 1902-1904]
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    Music resources theme - Christmas music in Australia
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