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The Jew Without the Yellow Badge: Salamone Rossi and the Song of Solomon

Lucie Skeaping explores the life and extraordinary music of Salamone Rossi, a 17th-century Jewish composer who wrote a groundbreaking set of Hebrew motets for the synagogue.

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.

First broadcast 19/11/2011.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Salamone Rossi

    Baekhu from the Songs of Solomon

    Performers: Ensemble Daedalus, Roberto Festa (conductor)

    • ACCENT.
    • ACC96119D.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Sonata in Dialogo detta la Vienna

    Performers: Les Boréades, Francis Colpron (director)

    • ATMA.
    • ACD22217.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Sopra l'Aria di Ruggiero

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AV9820.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Io mi son giovinetta - from 4th book of madrigals (1603)

    Performers: La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina (director)

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD920924.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Rimanti in pace! - prima parte; Ond'ei di morte - seconda parte: both from 1st book of Mad

    Performers: Ensemble Daedalus, Roberto Festa (conductor)

    • ACCENT.
    • ACC96119D.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Sinfonia Grave from Sinfonie e Gagliarde; Gagliarda 'Narciso'

    Performers: Siena Ensemble

    • CLASSICAL RECORDING COMPANY.
    • CRC12022.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Yesusum midbar; Shir Hamm'alot, ashrei kol yare Adonai (from The Songs of Solomon)

    Performers: New York Baroque, Eric Milnes (director)

    • DORIAN.
    • DOR93220.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Hallelujah haleli nafshi et Adonai; Hashkiveinu; Mizmor l'Asaf (from The Songs of Solomon)

    Performers: New York Baroque, Eric Milnes (director)

    • DORIAN.
    • DOR93210.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Vo' fuggir lontan da te; poiche "mori" dicesti from 1628 book of Madrigals

    Performers: Siena Ensemble

    • CLASSICAL RECORDING COMPANY.
    • CRC12022.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Elohim Hashiveinu

    Performers: New York Baroque, Eric Milnes (director)

    • DORIAN.
    • DOR93210.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Baekhu from the Songs of Solomon

    Ensemble: Ensemble Daedalus. Conductor: Roberto Festa.
    • ACCENT.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Sonata in Dialogo detta la Vienna

    Director: Francis Colpron. Orchestra: Les Boreades.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Sopra l’Aria di Ruggiero

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Io mi son giovinetta

    Choir: La Venexiana. Director: Claudio Cavina.
    • gLOSSA.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Rossi Rimanti in pace

    Director: Roberto Festa.
    • accent.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Ond’ei di morte

    Director: Roberto Festa.
    • accent.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Sinfonia Grave from Sinfonie e Gagliarde

    Ensemble: Siena Ensemble.
    • CRC.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Gagliarda ‘Narciso’

    Ensemble: Siena Ensemble.
    • CRC.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Yesusum midbar (from The Songs of Solomon)

    Performer: New York Baroque. Performer: Eric Milnes.
    • Dorian.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Shir Hamm'alot, ashrei kol yare Adonai (from The Songs of Solomon)

    Performer: New York Baroque. Performer: Eric Milnes.
    • Dorian.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Hallelujah haleli nafshi et Adonai (from The Songs of Solomon)

    Performer: New York Baroque. Performer: Eric Milnes.
    • Dorian.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Hashkiveinu (from The Songs of Solomon)

    Performer: New York Baroque. Performer: Eric Milnes.
    • Dorian.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Mizmor l'Asaf (from The Songs of Solomon)

    Performer: New York Baroque. Performer: Eric Milnes.
    • Dorian.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Vo’ fuggir lontan da te (from 1628 book of Madrigals)

    Ensemble: Siena Ensemble.
    • CRC.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Poiche 'mori' dicesti (from 1628 book of Madrigals)

    Ensemble: Siena Ensemble.
    • CRC.
  • Salamone Rossi

    Elohim hashivenu

    Performer: New York Baroque. Performer: Eric Milnes.
    • Dorian.

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