Questions about Salamon Rossi and Hebrew
Date: June 25, 2012
I have programed several Salamon Rossi *motets* for the fall and have several questions. In the recordings I have of the three we will be singing, all three are referred to as motets--are they really considered motets? The ones ones I have programed are "Keter", "Elohim Hashivenu" and "Barekhu" if that helps. I want to be accurate when I am referring to them as the program will also include motets and English Anthems by William Byrd and motets by Claudio Monteverdi.
Is there a good resource for a Hebrew pronounciation guide? I always put together "cheat sheets" for any languages we sing and want a good guide since all of my singers are Christian and for many, this will be the first time they sing in Hebrew. I have sung in Hebrew but have never prepared a choir in Hebrew so I am a little worried. I do know Rossi was Italian--and am fascinated by his life--and to stay true, it would be in Sephardic Hebrew and not in Ashkenazy Hebrew. Or will it matter?
Listening to the recordings I have, the vowels sound very Italian--and that gives me hope it won't be that difficult. I have fallen in love with the music and the interesting life of Rossi. Thank you for any help you are able to give.
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