Max Spicker Allemagne Max Spicker (August 16, 1858 – October 15, 1912) was a German American organist, conductor and composer. Spicker eventually became an editor for G. Schirmer, editing such collections as the four-volume Anthology of Sacred Song and the five-volume Operatic Anthology. In their day, both publications became standard anthologies for young singers. He also revised the T. Tertius Noble edition of Handel's Messiah for Schirmer, which remains in wide use.
As a composer, most of his works were for solo voice or chorus, although he did complete several larger works.
He was also an arranger of works for voice and orchestra. His orchestral version of Ethelbert Nevin's duet O That We Two Were Maying was recorded by Victor Records in May 1914 by two important singers of the time, Alma Gluck and Louise Homer. Victor also recorded his arrangement of the Jacopo Peri aria Funeste piaggie with baritone Reinald Werrenrath in January 1915. The Victor Catalog also includes an arrangement of Mattei's Non é ver in English for tenor and orchestra, recorded by tenor Lambert Murphy in 1912, and Die Heimat for vocal quartet, recorded by 'The Manhattan Quartet' in 1911.
His work in Jewish liturgical music was also noteworty. Strimple named him as one of 'the most prominent Jewish liturgical musicians at the beginning of the century'. In 1901 Spicker and William Sparger jointly published a Sabbath Evening and Morning Service. It included works by non-Jewish composers, such as a setting of 'S'u Sheorim' based on a melody in Gounod's Faust. (Hide extended text) ... (Read all) Source : Wikipedia