The Search for Salomone Rossi
Profeti della Quinta
In the late Renaissance, at the height of Mantua’s artistic splendour, a young Jewish violinist burst through the barriers of discrimination and became one of the most renowned composers and performers at the court of the Gonzaga dukes. And in 1622 he revolutionized Jewish music with his “Songs of Solomon”, the first collection ever of originally composed music for Hebrew psalms and prayers. Yet very little is known about the personal and creative life of Salomone Rossi Hebreo – Salomone Rossi the Jew. In this documentary, 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 the Gonzaga dukes’ pleasure palace. With the help of expert historians and musicologists, they shed fascinating light on this elusive man and his extraordinary music.
A film by Joseph Rochlitz with Profeti della Quinta
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Available in English with English subtitles
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Was screened by the Toronto Consort and the Michigan State University in 2020 during Profeti's North American tour
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ensemble Profeti della Quinta focuses on the vocal repertoire of the 16th and early 17th centuries. They create vivid and expressive performances for audiences today while considering period performance practices. From its core of five male singers, the ensemble collaborates regularly with instrumentalists and guest singers. Their programmes range from explorations of the Italian madrigal to seldom-heard Jewish sacred music and more.