Eftakh Na Sefatai, Salamone Rossi

Eftakh Na Sefatai, Salamone Rossi

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Composed By: Salamone Rossi

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Voicing: SATB/SAB (double chorus)

Keyword Baroque

Event/Holiday: Simchat Torah, or dedication of a synagogue

Language: Hebrew

Difficulty: moderate

Country: Italy

Solos: none

Instruments: none

Lyrics: liturgy

Year Composed/Published: 1622

Timing: 3:45

Tempo: moderate

First Line: eftakh na sefatai ve-e’eneh beron

description: Salamone Rossi (c. 1570 - c.1630) was a Mantuan violinist and composer in the employ of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga. He was also the first composer to publish a collection of polyphonic motets for the synagogue. The thirty-three motets, set for three to eight voices, include psalms, hymns and prayers for synagogue services or for sacred concerts. “Eftakh Na Sefatai” is set for double chorus in the polychoral style.

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