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Abraham Ellstein, Noted Jewish Composer, Dies in New York; Was 55

Funeral services were held here today for Abraham Ellstein, famous Jewish composer, who died suddenly this weekend at the age of 55. He collapsed Friday night while discussing the work of a fellow-composer in a synagogue in The Bronx.

Mr. Ellstein, born in New York, acquired a Juilliard School of Music fellowship when he was 18. In his youth he became a well-known piano accompanist to many stars, traveling in many pacts of the world. He wrote the music for a number of operettas and musical comedies. A year ago, his opera “The Golem, ” based on the H. Leivick literary work of that name, was produced by the New York City Opera, after having been commissioned by the Ford Foundation.