It’s in the 17th century that Jewish music start to be written on score. And it’s usually scholarly compositions, polyphonic, like the 33 choirs for 3 to 8 voices, composed by Salamone Rossi (1570-1630?) and published in Venice in 1622-23. A few years later, this attraction for scholarly polyphonic music reached the Comtat Venaissin (actual Provences-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France), as well as Amsterdam where composers like Abraham Caceres or Cristiano Giuseppe Lidarti wrote pieces of music in a baroque style, for weddings, circumcisions or particuliar shabbat services. Lidarti is, moreover, the author of Esther, a 2 hour long oratorio written for the holiday of Purim, rediscovered by musicologist Israel Adler (1925-2009), to whom a tribute will be given on this program.
For this occasion, David Klein, choirmaster and conductor of the Texto Ensemble, will make us hear many excerpts from the CD Musiques Juives baroques – Venise, Mantoue, Amsterdam (1623-1774), that has been published in the collections “Patrimoines musicaux des Juifs de France” by the Foundation for French Judaism.
Officer of the Ordre of Arts and letters, PhD in musicology at Paris University Sorbonne, prize-winning graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Hervé Roten is the director of the European Institute for Jewish Music since its creation in 2006.
Ethnomusicologist, he quickly developed an interest in the safeguard and digitization of archives, subjects he taught for several years in Reims and Marne-La-Vallée universities.
Author of many articles, books and recordings related to Jewish music, producer of radio programs, Hervé Roten is recognized today as one of the best specialists of Jewish music in the world.