|EMS||20111119||Lucie Skeaping explores the life and extraordinary music of Salamone Rossi, a 17th Century Jewish composer based in Mantua.|
He wrote a collection of psalms and motets in Hebrew, for the Synagogue, drawing on the Italian polyphonic style of composition employed by the Christian Church.
In a period of intense anti-Semitism, when the Jewish community in Italy were required by law to wear on their clothing a yellow 'badge of shame', Rossi's musical skills were highly regarded by the Mantuan court.
His collection was not only the first of its kind; it would also remain unique for more than two hundred years.
Lucie Skeaping explores the life and music of Salamone Rossi, who wrote for the Synagogue.