Program brochure for the gala concert and modern world premiere of Oratorio Ester, The Salvation of Israel by C. G. Lidarti (music) and Rabbi Jacob Raphael Saraval (libretto), May 30th and 31st, 2000. Includes the Hebrew libretto with Englsih translations and short articles about the composer, the oratorio, music in the Portuguese Jewish community of Amsterdam and the discovery of the manuscript in 1997.
Covers the emergence of the practice of Western Art Music in European Jewish communities (Italy, Southern France, Amsterdam) prior to the nineteenth century. Includes detailed descriptions of the repertoires, their contexts of performance and their composers. This work manifests the implicit desire of Jewish music scholars to inscribe a Jewish presence in the predominant Christian and Eurocentric music narrative of modern Musicology.