The Vinaccesi Ensemble showcases the secular music of Salamone Rossi

Sep 09, 2014 1194

Last May San Francisco Renaissance Voices (SFRV) concluded their 2013–14 concert season on the theme Kol Israel: The Voice of Judaism in Early Music with a program of sacred music that featured the work of Salamone Rossi (among other composers). Rossi was based in Mantua and served as concertmaster for the court musicians between 1587 and 1628, meaning that he was there when Claudio Monteverdi became the ensemble's conductor in 1602.

Like Monteverdi, Rossi was also a composer with a solid command of the Italianate madrigal style; and the SFRV concert demonstrated how he applied that style to both Psalms and prayers, all in the Hebrew text.

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