Baroque Jewish Music part 2

Baroque Jewish Music – Presentation by musicologist Hervé Roten

Unlike some popularly-held beliefs, Jews from Italy, Provence or even Amsterdam had a perfect knowledge concerning Art Music in the Christian world. Young Italian Jews in the 15th century went to music and dance schools.

In the 16th century and in the beginning of the 17th century, the ducal palace of the Gonzaga family of Mantua received Jewish musicians, among them Salomon Rossi (ca 1570 – ca 1630), who published in 1622-23 a first collection of 33 choruses in Hebrew for the synagogue of Mantua.
Around 1680, Carlo Grossi composes a cantata for a Jewish brotherhood of Modène or Venice. In 1732, 1773 and 1735, three cantatas are performed in the small synagogue of Casale Monferrato.

At the end of the 17th century, a Jewish dignitary from the Comtat Vernaissin, strongly hoping for a male heir, commissioned the Christian composer Louis Saladin to write an “Entertainment for a circumcision” for solo, four voice chorus and orchestra! In Bordeaux and Amsterdam, the Portuguese Jews enjoyed and played the music of their time.
In the 18th century in Amsterdam, the sumptuous salons of wealthy Portuguese Jewish families were the home for opera and cantata concerts, musical styles that entered in the synagogues with the works of Abraham Caceres and Cristiano Giuseppe Lidarti, who wrote in 1774 Esther’s oratorio, the longest piece of music (two hours!) in all the history of Baroque Jewish music.

Read the feature article about Jewish Baroque Music

Listen to the radio show: Baroque Jewish Music, hosted by Hervé Roten

Listen to the radio show: the Hidden Sides of Jewish Music: Baroque Jewish Music, hosted by Hélène Engel

Listen to playlist: Jewish Baroque music, 1rst part

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  • Kaddish (Rossi) (EXTRAIT) - Ensemble Apollo

  • Al naharot Bavel psaume 37 (Rossi) - Ensemble Texto

  • Chant en echo pour un mariage (Rossi) (EXTRAIT) - Avner Itai

  • Cantata Ebraica in Dialogo (Grossi) - Joël Cohen

  • Hôsha’na Raba in Casale Monferrato (EXTRAIT)

  • Canticum hebraicum (Saladin) (EXTRAIT) - Avner Itai

  • Leel elim (Caceres) - Ensemble Texto

  • Hishki Hizki (Caceres) - Ensemble Texto

  • Befi yesharim (Lidarti) - Ensemble Apollo

  • Oratorio Ester_Zed Yahir (Lidarti) - Ensemble Texto

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