Jewish Renaissance Music in Mantua

The most conspicuous developments in Jewish music took place in the Duchy of Mantua, whose court harbored composers of worldwide fame such as Claudio Monteverdi.

Ensembles of Jewish actors and musicians contributed to the fervent musical life of the town, including several members of the de Rossi (“Min-ha-Adumim”) family. A female singer of this family participated in the performance of one of the precursors of opera (1608), and an Anselmo Rossi had a motet based on psalm texts printed in a collective work (1618). In 1651, Giuseppe de Rossi served the Duke of Savoy in Turin.

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Salomone de Rossi