Abbina-Diena collection

Jewish music from Italy

Handwritten scores, books and discs on liturgical chants and Jewish musical traditions in Italy

Eager to make known Italian Judaism and its musical traditions, not well known, Gianni Diena, of Turin origin, recently entrusted to the European Institute of Jewish Music several documents: CDs, scores and books, now add up to an Italian Jewish music archives collection already present, dating in particular from the Baroque period (Salomone Rossi and Lidarti).

These documents, partly in Italian, but also in English and Hebrew, testify to the richness of Italian musical traditions, intimately linked to the history of the Jewish communities that lived in the Transalpine Peninsula.

The origin of Italian Jews is varied. According to Enzo Scotto, "Some Jews descend from Jews who lived in Italy during the Roman Empire, while others are Ashkenazi Jews who, especially in the 14th century, left Germany for Italy. During that century, the French Jews [especially from Provence region] left France, and in the late 15th century and during the 16th century, took place the Sephardic emigration from Spain, and the return to Judaism of marranos of Spanish origin. (...) Other Jews in the second half of the 16th century from Muslim countries were attracted by the new free port of Livorno, which for two centuries was the city where the Jews lived better than anywhere else. " (See "The Jews of Italy" - Israel Magazine, February 14, 2016)




















The Abbina-Diena collection is composed of various publications on Jewish musical practices, liturgical or profane, in Italy, especially in the 19th century. Some books deal with regional peculiarities, such as Musiche della tradizione ebraica in Piemonte - The recording of Leo Levi (1954) / Franco Segre - 2015, others on particular themes, such as Jewish mysticism (Musica e canto nella mistica ebraica / Enrico Fubini - 2012).

In addition, this collection also contains CDs, illustrating the history and musical traditions of the Jewish people in Italy, such as the CD Chatan Ve KaIlah - Il matrimonio ebraico a Roma / Coro Ha-Kol , relating to the celebration of the Jewish wedding in Italy. (See opposite)

Finally, this collection includes contemporary musical works, including a handwritten score of chamber music for soprano, actors and five instruments, written by Gilberto Bosco, "Il gioco delle sorti ", on Esther and the feast of Purim (accompanied by a CD).

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See Gilberto Bosco’s score Il gioco delle sorti

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