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JMI Online: HEBREO – The Search for Salomone Rossi
FILM – HEBREO: THE SEARCH FOR SALOMONE ROSSI
A film by Joseph Rochlitz with Profeti Della Quinta vocal ensemble
Wednesday 5th August (Film)
Streamed exclusively at www.JMI.org.uk and JMI’s Facebook page.
In the late Renaissance, at the height of Mantua’s artistic splendour, a young Jewish violinist burst through the barriers of discrimination and became one of the most renowned composers and performers at the court of the Gonzaga dukes. And in 1622 he revolutionized Jewish music with his Songs of Solomon, the first collection ever of originally composed music for Hebrew psalms and prayers. Yet very little is known about the personal and creative life of Salomone Rossi Hebreo – Salomone Rossi the Jew.
In this documentary, the prize-winning vocal ensemble Profeti della Quinta rehearse and perform Rossi’s music in the magnificent town of Mantua, in preparation for a special concert in the Gonzaga dukes’ pleasure palace. With the help of expert historians and musicologists, they shed fascinating light on this elusive man and his extraordinary music.
In English with English subtitles
Running time: 45 minutes
Ensemble Profeti della Quinta, directed by Elam Rotem, focuses on the vocal repertoire of the 16th and early 17th centuries. It aims to create vivid and expressive performances for audiences today while, at the same time, considering period performance practices. From its core of five male singers, the ensemble collaborates regularly with instrumentalists and additional singers.