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Jewish music
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1. Early examples: northern Italy

The earliest attempt to introduce the spirit of the early modern period into synagogue music was undertaken in the early 16th century in northern Italy. The idea came from the Venetian rabbi and cantor Leon (Judah Aryeh) da Modena, who around 1605 organized and led choirs in Ferrara and later in a few other Jewish congregations. He encouraged his Jewish friend Salamone Rossi, a successful composer of madrigals and operas …

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Nemtsov, Jascha, “Jewish music”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021716>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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