Hebreo: The Search for Salomone Rossi

Music & Arts
Salomone Rossi
Joseph Rochlitz
Lasso Film and Joodse Omroep
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In the late Renaissance, at the height of Mantua’s artistic splendor, the young Jewish violinist Salomone Rossi Hebreo became one of the most renowned composers and performers at the court of the Gonzaga dukes. In 1622 he revolutionized Jewish music with his “Songs of Solomon”, the first collection ever of originally composed music for Hebrew psalms and prayers.

But nothing is known of his birth, no portraits have survived and the circumstances of his disappearance are a mystery. He left a heritage of 13 volumes of glorious music, forgotten for centuries, rediscovered in the 1870’s. Today, Rossi is recognized as a pivotal figure in the history of Western and Jewish music.

In this documentary, we see 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 Palazzo Te, the Gonzaga dukes’ pleasure palace. They shed a fascinating light on this elusive man and his extraordinary music.