JEWISH RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE IN SYNAGOGUE MUSIC
In 1622, the Italian Jewish composer, Salamone Rossi (1570 – 1630) published a collection of sacred choral music in Hebrew. The Songs of Solomon were the first of its kind, drawing from Renaissance and early Baroque madrigal and motet styles but intended to be heard in the synagogue. Other composers, followed in his footsteps, among them Carlo Grossi (fl.– 1680), Lodovico Saladin (1690), Giuseppe Vita Clave (fl.– 1730), and Christiano Giuseppe Lidarti (1730 – 1794).
The 6th Louis Lewandowski Festival will honor the contributions of these pioneers. Their compositions for Jewish worship, para-liturgical celebrations, and Jewish confraternities paved the way for Louis Lewandowski and his 19th-century contemporaries.