Personalities | Salamone Rossi | Early Baroque | Classical

(Sa-la-mo’-na Rôs’-se) c. 1570–c. 1630
Italian composer

Rossi was a Mantuan composer, teacher and instrumentalist associated with the court music of Duke Guglielmo Gonzaga. He lived in the Jewish quarter of Mantua, where he may have died after the city was sacked in 1630. His five books of madrigals are progressive in their requirement of an instrumental bass with and without figures, as are his four collections of assorted pieces, variously for solo keyboard and instrumental ensemble. Hashirim asher lish’lomo (‘The Songs of Solomon’, 1622–23) contains settings of Hebrew songs for synagogue use.

Recommended Recording:
Songs of Solomon, Pro Cantione Antiqua (dir) Sydney Fixman (Musical Concepts)

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