Isadore Freed (March 26, 1900 – November 10, 1960) was of Belarusian birth. Born in Brest-Litovsk, now Brest, Belarus, Freed's family emigrated to the United States when Freed was three years old and settled in Philadelphia, where his father owned a music store. Freed began playing piano at age seven, and began composing at age nine. His formal music education was at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor's degree at the age of 18. After graduation went to Berlin where he briefly studied piano with Josef Weiss, and then to Paris where he studied composition with Ernst Bloch, Nadia Boulanger, Louis Vierne and Vincent d'Indy. He also studied piano with Józef Hofmann and George Bayle, and organ with Rollo Maitland.
Freed returned to the United States in 1934, and shortly after he was employed by the composition department at Temple University from the mid-1930s until the mid-1940s. In 1944, Freed was named head of the composition department at the Hartt School of Music where he taught in various capacities until his death in 1960. In 1951 he was also hired as Harmony instructor at the Hebrew Union School of Sacred Music.
He was also active as a synagogue musician, acting as organist and choirmaster at Temple Keneseth Israel in Philadelphia.
"Six Liturgical Pieces" were published in 1952 by Transcontinental Music and are significant works for the synagogue or concert hall.
The second of the group, "Pastorale," is based upon the "Adonoy Moloch Mode" of Biblical Cantillation. In other words, it is based upon one of the tones/modes that the Cantor might use to chant from the Torah.
I confess that I do not know this mode, but the piece is a real charmer, and shows, at least to me, the "French influence" acquired from his studies in France.
Over the next week, I plan to upload the other 5 pieces as well.
The score is attached below as well as photo of Isadore Freed, and the synagogue (new building) were he served as organist.