Nissan Spivak (widely known as Nissi Belzer, from Yiddish Belts — 1824 – 1906) was a Jewish cantor and composer.
In his childhood he had an accident which damaged his voice but he had an extensive reputation primarily as a composer and choir conductor. It was his vocal handicap that led him to develop original synagogue music in which the choir, instead of being merely an accompaniment or used for responses, was assigned lengthy ensembles - with solos and duets - reducing the role of the cantor. Spivak attracted many students to Berdychiv and took his choirs to other centers, including Hasidic courts.
- Jonathan L. Friedmann (2012). Synagogue Song: An Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Customs. McFarland. p. 152. ISBN 978-0-7864-9136-0.
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