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The Songs of Solomon

The Music of Salamone Rossi

November 9, 2023
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
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Event Location:
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 19 South 38th Street

Explore the world of Salamone Rossi, a Jewish composer working in Italy at the same time as Claudio Monteverdi. Largely ignored until the 20th century, Rossi was a multifaceted musician who wrote for the glittering court of Mantua as well as for the synagogue. The first known musician to compose a collection of choral motets in Hebrew, Rossi’s The Songs of Solomon (1623) were an innovative development in Jewish devotional music. Mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, Penn Department of Music Artist-in-Residence and WRTI classical host, returns to our stage alongside the chamber ensemble, Filament, and other nationally renowned artists to create a portrait in sound of this intriguing and talented composer.

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Roundtable on Salamone Rossi and Jewish Music in Early Modern Italy
Nov 7 @ 5:30 PM | Class of 1978 Pavilion in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library (sixth floor)
Musicologists Rebecca Cypess (Rutgers University) and Edwin Seroussi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle (Penn) and the 2023-24 fellows of the Herbert D. Katz Center of Advanced Judaic Studies discuss the life, music and contexts of Salamone Rossi, a Jewish composer working in Italy at the same time as Claudio Monteverdi. The roundtable is moderated by Penn faculty member and musicologist Mauro Calcagno and co-organized by Penn Live Arts, the Katz Center and Penn's Department of Music. A selection of related materials will be on display in the Lea Library before and after the roundtable.

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Meg Bragle photo credit: Tatiana Daubek