Association for Jewish studies 1998- 23(1) by Nelson, M

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29:27 ("-iIoIniv•i 11n Wvt,). 87. Thesepoemsareto be distinguishedfromothersintendedto be sunguponopeningthe "'Quandosi aprel'arcaal Signore':Su di un Holy Ark. Cf. MassimoAcanforaTorrefranca, manoscrittoebraicoitalianodel XVIIIsecolo, e sul 'Cantardi forteall'arca,"'Italia: studi e ricerchesulla storia, la culturae la letteraturadegli ebreid'Italia 10 (1993):59-72. 88. Cf. Igrot rabbi YehudaArie mim-Modena,pp. 52-55, for threeletters,thoughdevoid of musicalreferences. "89 Despite its musical usage, the poem itself, beginning"Blessed is He who flasheda glow of ember,"90 is devoid,in its sevenlines,of musicalvocabulary.

P. 62). ""l"lo na V11r - -1 w V)i Kn ' ,r4K) n in 1V lxK 33. , p. 70). vnv:l ,ni l• • ,nX ... OFRABBILEONMODENA MUSICIN THELIFEANDTHOUGHT 25 bad company,and shortlybefore his twenty-firstbirthdaywas accostedon the streetand, with his fatherlooking on, murderedin cold blood. Modena eulogizes him, somewhat exaggeratedly,as "handsomeand comely, like nobodyelse in his circle. "34 Modena his reluctance to take on the laborof pleaded tragiccircumstances, of Rossi's "Songs Solomon":35 editingSalamone My lyrehasturnedto grief36andI ama fountainof tears,37 having on my heartthe death38of my lovely son Zebulun(may his soul be in Eden!

1-6v): i 3'1 nrlp TK,, a'•Tm authordrawson the Song of Songs 1:17 ("-,n•i atfl iK•n•t nallp,,),Esther3:8 on the of(anr,. and 2:6 Isa. playing double-meaning li), ~'tm,), rmaip ("lp'v ar~•ln "Ilan 11. "'l andIp,,on(sufficed/werecontent). tim, in Gregorianhymns). Still, the text, in readingsof prayersandbiblicalportions,was largelyrecited,while music served,in one or anotherform,for its reinforcement. '3 He writesof havingengaged a music teacher,around1604, to impartthe rudimentsof music to certain 10.

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