Baroque Jewish Music – Venice, Mantua, Amsterdam (1623 – 1774)

Tribute to Israel Adler

From the collection MUSICAL HERITAGE OF THE JEWS FROM FRANCE, VOL. 10


Published by the Foundation of French Judaism, this CD was recorded during a concert of baroque Jewish music in Paris and organized by YUVAL organization in tribute to its founder, Israel Adler.

In the beginning of the 17th century, many Jewish musicians are welcomed by the Dukes of Mantua. Among these musicians is Salamone Rossi (1570 – 1630?) who published in Venice in 1622-1623 an important collection of music from the synagogue containing 33 psalms written for 3 to 8 voices. A few years later, this attraction for polyphonic art music reaches the communities of the Comtat Venaissin and Amsterdam, where weddings, circumcisions and different important occasions are celebrated with hymns and little dramatic music pieces created for the moment. Some of these new melodies are so appreciated that they integrated the traditional song repertoire where they have been preserved till today. This CD, 10th volume from the collection Patrimoines musicaux des Juifs de France, the Texto Ensemble – professional choir of 8 singers, accompanied by an orchestra of 10 musicians play 13 compositions by Salamone Rossi, Abraham Caceres and Guiseppe Lidarti, that witness the beauty of the Jewish musical practice in Italy and Amsterdam, at the baroque time till the beginning of the galant music.

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